A Space Reserved, and Forgotten.

The brief tease and trick set off far more of a chain reaction than Lyntael herself had been anticipating, and the sudden lurch and tumble of Aurora's body away from the tickle and towards her and Eternalis caught her off balance as she desperately reached for the intended circle. Her fingertips touched it just before Aurora overbalanced entirely.

“Ah-heey! Eee!!” A small startled shriek was the smaller girl's contribution to the sudden cacophony of shouts and laughter than ended in a tumble of bodies. After a moment of weightless falling, Lyntael felt her fall cushioned by a cool, softly giving shape, softer even than the carpeted floor, which was still wood boards underneath. Her shout faded into a quieter intake of breath, only for it to be pushed out again by Aurora coming down on top of her as well. In between giggles and breathless gasps for air, she tried to fend the other woman off, hands and arms flailing with a degree of uncoordination that almost rivalled Aurora's own efforts.

“Hey, no, hehe... ahh! Stop it, Eee!!” Lyntael wriggled in place, more focused on trying to get her hands to where Aurora was furiously trying to tickle her that she was the angle and position of the rest of her body. Somewhere in the background, the game declared the various fouls with its tone, but Lyntael wasn't really aware of it amidst the squirming and arching of her body to escape Aurora's fingers.

“Ack...! No fair, ahh! Hahh, hahh... St- stoppit!” Any time she manage to grasp or pull one of Auroras's hands away from her exposed skin, the other woman pressed the assault right back again, making up for her lack of coordination with enthusiasm and fervour. A moment of respite came as Eternalis shifted underneath, and Lyntael felt her back slide down to the carpet, pulling at least part of her away briefly. Aurora still seemed to be everywhere, with her fingers tickling all over. What had started at her waist and midsection had spread to most other exposed areas that could be reached, and Lyntael tried without success to roll to one side or another to escape the onslaught. Her eyes weren't overly focused, save blurred flashing of hands and arms at war; that her top was spread wide by this point didn't really register, except in that it was giving Aurora more exposed pale skin to attack.

As Eternalis tried in vain to extract himself further, Lyntael felt the cool sensation across the small of her back slide around more of her body, pressing against her hips and her thighs, and creating a contrast that made her eyes open wide and drew a longer, sharper gasp from her as it pressed against places that were far hotter and more intimate. The tugging of her pyjamas went unnoticed in the moment as Lyntael's fingers clutched more firmly on Aurora's forearms. Despite Lyntael's sudden shocked grip and startled reaction, the moment presented her friend had a new stretch of skin to assault as Eternalis tried to extract himself; this time further below where the band had rested previously, all the way past Lyntael's hips and part way down her thighs. The shift of fabric had pulled her legs together, more or less, but the stylised lightning bolt of soft blond hair was clearly on show from her position, even if what it pointed to wasn't.

Eternalis might have had a better view if his vision hadn't been obscured, with the smaller woman's legs still held up and over his own body; rather than seeing, however, he could almost certainly feel that same warm hum of energy where his jelly form was pressing against her thighs, buttocks and especially against a palpable feeling of body heat in that same area.

Lyntael swallowed, trying to catch a breath, wide-eyed while she panted. Something in her mind had broken through to suggest that there was something very serious about this moment, and the things she was feeling; her body felt hot, like she wanted things that she should be alone for... but these were friends, people she trusted. The thoughts were fuzzy and her eyes darted from Aurora, over to Eternalis and back again. At last they moved down to the tangle of legs they were still all mostly caught up in. Friends like that? Was that... okay? This wasn't how she though about.... this being. If it was that... was it? Her eyes came back to Aurora again, face blushed bright and the red flush covering her neck and chest and most of her breasts down to her midsection. There was a scent in the air that had risen since she'd been exposed; like fresh perspiration and the way Lyntael's own hair or skin smelled, but different; sharper, and somehow more intrinsically her particular scent. The thoughts broke away and vanished into the haze as the game board made another tone, declaring the round's winner.

It was enough of a distraction for Lyntael to relax again, the momentary uncertainties gone, and she rolled over, sliding out from under Aurora in the process so she could look and see what the game had declared. Unaware or unconcerned for the moment or two that her bare behind was still visible, she perked up and grinned at the result.

“Yay!” She didn't have breath for more than that at first, and wriggled out further, pushing herself to hands and knees as she tried to exit the body tangle. For a moment there was a clear view of her from behind, the light reflecting off a glistening slickness around the tops of her thighs and the rosy-skinned line of her intimate areas above, before she awkwardly tugged her pyjama bottoms up again and straightened them. After another moment she managed to stand up fully and turned back to her friends, putting both hands in the air.

“I win! Drink break! Chocolate!” While her top had fallen closed again as she stood, the open buttons still afforded a view of flushed skin that seemed all the redder compared to the strip of pale midriff that showed at her belly button, between where the two pieces of her pyjamas weren't quite meeting.

With these declarations made, Lyntael made her way back to the kitchen, pulling open the fridge and taking a long drink from a water carafe that was there, then paused to roll the chilled glass against both of her cheeks for several seconds and moan over it. That done she briefly attacked the tray of small chocolate snacks that had been removed from the living area before, and claimed several more in each hand before making her way back to the game mat.

“So, what's next?” She looked around the room before her other thoughts caught up. “Oh, right!” she reached down to start undoing the buttons on her top, only to find them already undone. It really was too hot to be wearing flannel. As she took hold of the sides, however, the girl paused and looked up again, towards Aurora and Eternalis.

“Wait... If I take it off, you'll see...” Hesitation set in and she rocked and twisted a bit in place. Eternalis was usually naked though, and Aurora didn't seem to mind. She was mostly taking her things off already, wasn't she? “Um... that's okay, isn't it? It's... It's fine, just at home, like this, with you guys...” she hesitated another moment; something in her mind was saying that she was making a deal about nothing. “Hehe... I mean... I guess... you've both seen me before already, right, so, it's not like it's rude or... or... um... and I think It's okay... if it's just you guys....” After another second or two Lyntael bit her lip, then grinned and giggled again, before slipping the top garment off her shoulders and dropping it beside the mat. She turned about for a moment, stretching her arms above her head and swaying her hips in a way that would have been mockingly playful if it hadn't also ended up taking on an erotic, sensual rhythm, fuelled by the music and her buzzed, hormonal state.

“There.. Hehe... don't stare too much!” Without really thinking about it, she posed once more, then rand her fingers down over her front, sliding across the reserved swells of her breasts and down to her middle. One hand slipped out to rest on her hip, while the other teased delicately at the small sunburst piercing at her navel. “Hey... does this count as a piece? I didn't think about it...” She flicked the little charm again and looked to see the opinions before they could begin the next round.
Throughout her assault on Lyntael, Aurora laughed in excitement, though her tone was bordering on something out of a cheesy villainous cackle. With how vulnerable Lyntael's choice of flannel sleepwear was, it wasn't difficult for Aurora to spread her tickling attack all over her victim's body. She hadn't quite registered that the bouncy blue mat that they were busily wrestling on top of was a blinded Eternalis, and was more occupied with keeping Lyntael in her grasp to prolong the tickle torture. All the while, Eternalis was trying to extract himself from the two, while also being made unusually aware of warm, sweaty skin smacking and grinding against his lower torso. His attempts to get himself freed from the weight of the two atop him only served to exacerbate these movements.

At some point, he managed to wedge in one of his arms in between the two, separating them as they rolled away from each other on the carpet. With the other two off of his body, Eternalis laid on his back with his eyes still obscured, unsure of whether to push it away. He could hear some heavy breathing to his sides, with Aurora to his right and Lyntael to his left from the voices that he heard. There seemed to just be no escaping the railroad tracks that they had been set on, he thought. From the two games that they had just been playing, Lyntael's taste in games seemed to gravitate towards this sort of outcome in the first place, so he couldn't try to simply select another one from her collection. Was there another way of spending the evening? It was getting a bit hard to think with the exhaustion as well, what with the slow lull of the background music making him a bit drowsy.

Next to him, Aurora panted as she caught her breath, her laughter from earlier dying down quickly from the exertion. She heard Lyntael get up and exclaim her victory, and turned her head in time to see their host get up into the kitchen. The warmth she had experienced earlier was now a little more subdued, and she started to get up. Her torn suit brushing against her midsection made her start slightly as she began to sober up. There was a sense of fuzzy indistinctness in her mind, such that it was a bit difficult to focus on something. Perhaps getting drunk wasn't such a good idea, she thought, as she ran a hand through her hair and scratched at the back of her head, still trying to recollect herself.

As she blinked a few times to look around the room, the memories of what they had been doing through the day slowly came back, and she clamped her eyes shut in embarrassment. It was all her, of course, but it definitely didn't occur to her to do something like climb on top of Eternalis's shoulders, front-facing. One look at Eternalis still lying on the floor, though, caused her to giggle slightly. It was still a good time, and the sense of liberation felt odd, but not entirely unwelcome. Maybe it wasn't so bad. As she was mulling things over, she idly began to poke at Eternalis's cheek. "Hey, wake up, sleepyhead, we've still got a few more rounds to go through," she said.

"Nooooo," Eternalis shook his head to try to push her finger away, but to no effect, so he opted to sit up instead, with hat still over his eyes. At that moment, he heard Lyntael came back in. "Are we going for the next round?" asked Aurora, noticeably with less slurring in her voice now. Her question was stopped briefly once Lyntael began to take her top off, and Aurora realized what game they had been playing. "Ah, I mean..." she started, before turning to Eternalis, who didn't seem to be adjusting his hat from covering his eyes. Eternalis raised his hands up. "Can't see a thing!" he exclaimed, waving one of his hands in front of his face.

Aurora creased her eyebrows a little, especially with how hesitant Lyntael seemed to be. "Well, you don't really have to--" she said, but Lyntael didn't seem to be having any of it, and started off on her own. Once it was all off, Aurora shook her head and exhaled slightly. It was her house, she thought. Earlier, Lyntael had been bathing with her in her PET area, so why was this any different? The question about Lyntael's piercing made her tilt her head slightly. "I don't know. Might just take it out just in case," said Aurora.

"What piece?" said Eternalis, making an exaggerated gesture of looking around in his blinded state. Aurora shoved him playfully in return.

"You don't have to know," she said, before a thought came to mind. "Are you even still playing like that?"

In a played-up shrug, Eternalis replied, "Well! Since I can't see, that means I can't play. Oh, well! Looks like I'll have to sit out! Too bad!"

Aurora looked over to Lyntael, then back to Eternalis. Now with her thoughts a bit more clear, she realized that Eternalis had been at least attempting to keep both of them in check through their drunken state. She felt a little bad, but at the same time, she did want to continue the fun with the game. Then, an idea came to mind, and she cradled her chin in thought. "Maybe we can fix that," she said. Closing her eyes, she began to focus her mind on the link between her and Eternalis. When she opened her eyes again, a small holographic panel appeared next to her face, and she turned to look at Lyntael. At the same time, Eternalis began to twist his body around and clawed at his head, crying out.

"Wait, come on! Using the heads up display is unfair! What the hell!" he exclaimed, shaking his head around.

"Well, I'm your eyes on the battlefield; there's no reason I can't do the same here, too," giggled Aurora. "Should we start the next round, Lyn?"
For a few moments, Lyntael continued to fiddle with the small charm, tapping it with a fingertip while her expression grew thoughtful. After a moment she shook her head and looked up again with a grin.

“Nah, I don't really want to take it out. Doesn't count.” She shrugged and bounced on her toes, again, though the expected following movement was barely visible even if either of her friends had been watching. “Though that means I've only got one piece left, hehe... gotta play smart!” She giggled and moved back to the mat. As she took up a fresh position, Aurora teased her partner and Eternalis, in turn, decided that the increasingly skin-bearing body tangle was better off without him being in the mix.

“Aww... getting tired? It's okay, it ends when someone has to take off a piece but they're all out, I think.” She caught herself humming and swaying her hips along to the music whenever she wasn't speaking. Her breathing was heavy still, even though she wasn't actually out of breath, but there was a strange sense of comfort and freeness to it all. This was fine, even if Eternalis was making abig deal of it. His antics made her giggle again. Lyntael put her hands on her hips and pouted, leaning forward to pull a face at the holographic display that had popped up, rather than at Eternalis himself.

“What... am I that gross an unappealing to look at, really?” She gave an exaggerated huff and folded her arms in a judgemental pose. “Rude.... Here we are getting our things off all cute and sexy, and he doesn't even appreciate it.” She glanced across to Aurora, mock frown fighting hard not to break into a smirk. Somewhere in the back of her mind, the thought that this was a bit improper, even if it was a joke, didn't quite manage to come up with a reason why. The feigned stern expression didn't last much beyond meeting eyes with Aurora and she broke into a fresh peal of giggles and relaxed.

“Really though...” she rubbed at one arm with another flash of nerves. “I don't know what I'm doing, so, um, you know, any tips might help... I don't really know how to act...” She shrugged awkwardly. “You know... like that. Just what I read, or imagine sometimes...”

After Aurora had finished chiding her partner's reluctance another round began and Lyntael let her other worries drift away again in the face of trying to topple her one remaining rival with increasingly sneaky moves, leaving Eternalis to watch on. From his side-lined position, there was the opportunity for the harried house-guest to take over calling the spots for the girls, though amidst their increasing states of undress and intermingling, it could be considered a heavy responsibility.

Aurora was less wobbly now, even if Lyntael could feel herself still being... more relaxed than she thought she would normally be. It felt fine, though, and that was all that mattered for now. She went for spots that let her stretch limb across and under the other woman, reaching low and then lifting up to try and upset her balance. Increasingly she stole moments between moving a hand of a foot to flex and twist herself into a position to rub or tickle somewhere hopefully sensitive on the other woman. Her opponent wasn't taking the sneaky play unanswered though, and for every sudden upset she achieved, a sly move from Aurora elicited everything from squirming giggles and laughter to the occasional far more suspect gasp or moan.

Despite her best intentions, the next round went to Aurora, and Lyntael found herself lying on her side under a pinned arm as she looked up at the other woman.

“Awww... I thought I had you. Silly squishy middle...” she rolled a bit on the mat, then waved a hand, blowing a gust of cooler air that ruffled the other woman wile she sat up and scooted back to the edge, sitting and waiting for her friend to slip out of her remaining things.

“You know... now I'm thinking... I think we're doing this the wrong way around...” She shrugged as she mused, lifting one hand to rub at her emblem briefly, then massage the spot just under her left breast where she'd landed awkwardly.

Slowly, she was starting to get an idea of just how spaced out and disconnected her thinking had been for the past hour, but the warm feeling, along with the substantially hotter feelings weren't going away with the clarity, so much as spreading into a comfortably desire to do... something... Maybe this could be something, if they both wanted to make it that way... she liked them, and it felt safe... Her clearer thoughts turned her eyes to Eternalis, however, and an element of reservation crept in. Maybe she could... and maybe it would be okay... but it didn't seem like he was as willing to let things evolve as it seemed like Aurora was. Maybe not...

Aurora's eagerness to play back didn't do much to calm her own desires down, however, and the next round got progressively heavier as they both ended up spending as much time trying to distract or shake each other as actively finding positions. With Aurora out of clothes to shed, it left her with more places to be mildly inappropriate towards in her efforts to get the other woman off balance. Her head was clear enough that she avoided the naughtiest opportunities... but there was nothing wrong with the occasional surprise of fingertips dragging up a thigh, or playful slap on an all-too-exposed buttock. At least, it seemed okay. Between the laughter and giggles, she couldn't ignore the effect the play was having on her, though she mostly ignored her own breathy panting and gasps... Aurora was another woman, so, it wasn't really real, not like that... right? She didn't think of women, that way.... right?

At the end of the second round, she found herself lying on top of Aurora, poking a tongue out at her friend as the game declared her win. After an extra moment to bask in the victory, she pushed herself up and shimmied back to a standing pose at the edge of the mat.

“My turn, I guess... last piece, hehe...” Even so, she hesitated. her skin felt hot and tingling, occasional cracks sounded in her hair and she could feel the comforting glow of her charge humming beneath her skin. She let her hips rock to the slow music for an extra moment, taking her time; the urge to make a show of it, now that she was committed, was teasingly strong. Slowly, she rand hands down her waist and to her hips, tucking fingers into the band of her pyjama bottoms, then turned to the side as she made a play of running her fingers under the elastic and pulling it outwards. It was easier if she closed her eyes.

Humming quietly and biting her lip, she let her body lean forward and with an arch to her back, bushing her behind out just a bit as she slowly slid the fabric down over it first. Before they could get a good view of anything more than her profile, she turned forward again, still holding the band of the garment above her waist and toyed with the elastic further. She let herself sway and bent again, sliding the fabric down further only once her pose obscured her groin. She let go once it was past her knees, but turned to the side again as she stood straight, giving them just her profile again as she lifted one foot out. She turned her back to them as she kicked the bottoms up with her other foot, glancing back over her shoulder to where she knew her friends were; she still couldn't quite open her eyes and look them in the face. With a last flick she let herself turn around to face them fully as she tossed the removed garment over to where its match rested. With a final long breath she let her hands slide over her body in one more slow pass, sinking down to her knees and letting them fan apart on the carpet before she opened her eyes to see her friends' reactions.

“All done....” The sultry attempt only lasted a moment before nervous laughter took hold. What in the world was she doing? Was this really what they were doing now, after everything else today? It was silly! She put hands to her mouth, smothering her giggles, then pointedly corrected her sexy pose to a much safer one, folding her legs to the side as she sat down on the carpet properly. More than anything else, she was feeling self-conscious now about the obvious flushing across her skin, and the even clearer effect the evenings activity had been having on her groin; it wasn't sweat and she knew it. The chips were to blame, her memory suggested... it had been the chips that had started this, and made her... she blushed and fanned her face through her giggles.

“Hahh... So.. um... heh... Game's supposed to have one more round, I guess, but... I think maybe... um...” The atmosphere in the room was making this all a lot more serious than she'd planned. In her mind, it had just been play-sexy, between friends having fun. She hadn't meant it to feel this way. Her own eyes were lingering in places she knew she shouldn't be letting them.

“So... what's next?” She glanced between them. Eternalis still looked ridiculous in her clothes. She should really put those away...
Having his sight proxied through Aurora's eyes had been a normal occurrence for Eternalis, having experienced it many times in battle, when Aurora's battle analysis allowed him to view enemy-ridden fields from a second perspective. This situation of being blinded himself and relying on her visual feed alone, however, was new to him. He could clearly hear Aurora giggling mischievously as the holographic display's viewport zoomed in slightly on Lyntael's midriff, where her piercing was, allowing a cropped, yet dangerously view of the underside of her very modestly sized chest, down to the elastic of her pajama bottoms.

The teasing view was broken quite fast, however, as Lyntael herself leaned forward into the display, causing Eternalis to fall over on his back to the side and Aurora to burst out in laughter. "Someone's getting a little too confident!" Aurora called out, poking Lyntael away on her forehead with the tip of her finger. She then cut off the visual feed, and crawled over to Eternalis, using the same pointed finger to gently tip up the brim on his cap. The slime Navi's surprised face greeted her, and she grinned impishly.

"You can just sit there and call out the game. Make sure to appreciate me, okay?" she said, turning around to flaunt her own body in a sensual sway to the background music. Was she still drunk? Even Aurora wasn't quite sure herself, as much fun as she was having, leading Eternalis around with her teasing.

When Lyntael expressed her uncertainty over her little tease earlier, something seemed to flip a switch inside of her. Perhaps it was the earlier alcohol, but she really wanted to see more of that reaction now. "Well, you sure don't look like you don't know what you're doing!" she said, shoving Lyntael on her arm, before turning to Eternalis. "Start it up!"

To the side, Eternalis seemed to be unsure as to where to where his hands should be; should he be going along with this, now that Aurora seemed to be even teasing him with something other than herself? Another part of him reasoned that the time to be hesitant about the entire thing had long since passed, and that he should simply go with the flow. His mental sync with Aurora was also much clearer now, indicating that she was perhaps even sobering up. Unfortunately, this also came with a clearer transmission of Aurora's current lustful state, a state which he did not particularly want to expose to Lyntael. Was it right to?

His thoughts went up in smoke as the spinner beeped loudly to indicate the start of the next round, and Aurora yelled over at him. "Come on, Eternalis!" Jolted into action, he scrambled over to take manual control of the spinner, and hesitatingly called out the first of the moves while the two girls got into position.

Now being a lot more detached from the increasingly physical party game, Eternalis watched with glassy eyes as the other two twisted and wrestled for dominance over the other. At some points, he somehow forgot that the spectacle before him was that of two half-dressed girls, before a yelp or a moan from either of the two caused him to be acutely aware once more.

Aurora herself was having some good fun taking some sneaky pot shots at her opponent, now that it was just the two of them. Her half-slimy midsection allowed her to get away with more than what she should have, until finally, one laughter-filled tickle exchange led her to triumph over Lyntael.

After the latter admitted her defeat, Aurora grinned widely at her. With her back facing Eternalis, she turned her head just enough to steal a glance at him. "Well, if it's the wrong way around, it's no skin off my back," she said, before she stood up, and began tracing lightly down the middle of the tear that she had made down her front with her fingers. When it caught on the bottom, she traced the tear back up along its edges up to her chest, and pulled it up to expose her top half, leaving the torn suit hanging around her shoulders.

She crossed her arms over each other and pulled the material off of her arms before seamlessly shifting to her hips, pulling open a gap with her thumbs around the edge. Aurora then bent over and slowly pulled down the thoroughly ripped suit down her legs, before peeling it off of her feet and stepping out of it. With the suit under her feet, she stood over Lyntael with her hands at her hips with a triumphant grin, though her face betrayed a slightly flushed expression.

At the side, Eternalis seemed to be clutching the spinner device tightly at the brazen display, unconsciously wrapping it in tendrils. Without his input, the device called out the next round, while he stared ahead at Aurora's bare figure. She mischievously giggled, before going back to the mat as instructed by the game.

The next round had Aurora's attacks focus more on garnering responses from Lyntael, rather than actually attempting to make her lose. She wasn't quite sure herself as to why, but each little moan Lyntael made was exciting her, she was chasing after it without really thinking about it, and her head seemed to be filling itself with clouds.

In the middle of it, she snapped out of her dreamy state, and abruptly lost her balance; her back found itself on the mat as Lyntael stuck out her tongue on top of her in victory. The sound of the spinner device declaring Lyntael's win was oddly muffled for some reason, gurgling as if it was in a pot of water. At the same time, she found herself stuck staring up at Lyntael's face, until Lyntael moved away on to the edge of the mat to extract her own piece of clothing.

She glanced over at Eternalis, and was surprised to find him rocking along by himself next to the wall, breathing heavily as he hugged himself with his silly jeans-wrapped arms. Wriggling blue slime tendrils were snaking in and out of the surface of his body, as if he was fighting the urge to have his body go out of control by redirecting the tentacles into himself. Inside his body, the spinner device flickered its lights erratically as his face showed a half-lidded spacey smile.

"Heh, heh, wow..." said Aurora, breathing heavily herself from exertion as she dragged herself over to his side. He seemed unresponsive, only looking ahead at Lyntael, which Aurora turned to as well, both being transfixed by the second half of her striptease. At the end of the show, both of them were silently leaning against the wall, with the only noise they made being the heavy breathing from Aurora.

"One more round, huh, heh heh. What do you think, Eternalis?" Aurora turned her head to her side towards Eternalis. The Navi seemed to at least have enough lucidity to turn to her. His right hand weakly reached over to her left, and gently grasped it. Her fingers felt the tendrils snake around them as he did so, and they felt as cold as he usually did, but for some reason, her hand began to warm up.

"I want... I want... want..." she could hear him breathe out, unable to complete his sentence as his smile earlier became more of a pleading expression. "Want to let go..."

Aurora giggled slightly, and she held up Eternalis's hand, pointing it towards Lyntael. "Sorry, Lyn, I think Eternalis got a bit too much out of that last bit. Might be best for him to go home. Unless you want to join in?" she teased.
Lyntael's chest felt tight; she needed to breathe harder than she was, and at the same time felt the urge to control it so she wasn't visibly panting. Her head felt strangely light... not quite dizzy, but the roar of heat all over her face and skin was set against an almost cool shudder as she tried to work out exactly what was happening, and if it should. A part of her felt detached, disbelieving, questioning, wondering what was going to happen, and wondering if, or when, something would break and return them all to more stable ground.

Another part of her ached. Ached in a way she'd rarely felt before, and as she sat on the carpet opposite her companions, knees and thighs pulled together on one side in an effort at modesty, it took far more willpower than she felt like she really had to spare not to do something to take care of that need. Her mouth was parted slightly, breathing quick and shallow and making her chest rise and fall more notably as she stared back at where Aurora and Eternalis had watched her performance in seemingly rapt attention. They seemed as overcome as she felt... Had she caused that from them both? Lyntael swallowed, trying to work moisture into her mouth again; it had gone dry since she last spoke. A hum of current tingled across her skin and faint lines of light were growing visible all across the now thoroughly exposed pale expanse of her form.

Everything was too warm and none of it mattered. Her eyes moved back and forth between them as she tried to martial thoughts into an order that would let them move forward somehow. She was all too aware of muscles in her groin growing tense and then trying to relax again as her body made its borderline painful demands.

“I... Ah...” Her eyes were drawn more towards Eternalis as she fumbled for something to say that would break the tension of what she was feeling. She'd asked 'what next', but too many possibilities, wild and improbable, exciting and frightening all at once were filling her imagination. She had no answers, no idea how to answer if it any of those things were suggested. the visual of gooey tendrils and tentacles rising off him and sinking back again conjured another catalogue of thoughts and Lyntael clenched her teeth. A part of her wanted to think about it, and began doing so feverishly, while the rest of her tried to thrust those thoughts away. Eternalis... didn't look... well.

As her eyes lingered on the roiling tentacles, a thread of worry crept in amongst her other sensations. He barely seemed responsive now. Surely that wasn't just the way he... her mind flashed briefly on the fragments of memories she still had of her friends' more intimate moments. Sort of, but something or as well. Hesitant, Lyntael dropped forward onto her hands and knees and crawled forward across the distance until she was closer to the pair.

“Is.. Is he... A-are you okay?” Closer, she could see the way he was looking at Aurora, hear her breathing as well. There was a link they shared, she knew that, but while Aurora looked almost as turned on as her own body felt, this close, Eternalis looked... almost animal in his state. Like he was holding something aggressive and hungry back. As he gave a response, more to Aurora than her, Lyntael's eyes went wide and she felt another spike of adrenaline flood her. He really was... her thoughts jumped to half a dozen different words, some more tactful than others, some more terrifying than others, and she found herself sitting back on her heels again, oblivious to her pose as the realisation caught her by surprise. It was hard to really think of Eternalis... like that. Memories said he could be, but, she hadn't seen it, until now, and there it was, wild and hungry just beneath the surface. This was going too far... Like this, he wasn't really himself, was he...?

Her eyes darted across to Aurora as the other woman lifted their hands together and reached out to her; whether she'd intended it or not, Lyntael read a coy, drawing desire in the other woman's words. Less of a joke, and more of an eager invitation. Her eyes went back to their raised hands, the blue goo rippling with smaller tentacles that could potentially do any number of things to both of them. Now she did feel dizzy; a surreal, detached sense of wavering, on the edge of a decision. One hand rested down behind her for support, fingers curling in the soft carpet, as her other hand pressed against her emblem; just below she could feel her heart hammering.

“I... I-I um... Is... Should...” words fumbled as she felt... weak. Like her limbs had no strength. the play of light under her skin accompanied tiny cracks in her hair. “I... I don't think... Um... I mean... I-it's... it's not, um, not that I don't want... I... Eternalis, he's ah...” For a moment, she thought about how he seemed, trying to create the words she needed. Her mind flashed on images of him as a wild beast, monstrously hungry. He was holding it back, he wanted to let go... the mental image made her flinch suddenly, drawing back a bit, and her eyes squeezed shut as her shoulders hunched and she turned her face away.

“I'm sorry... I... I don't think I'm...” her shoulders shifted from side to side for a moment as she looked for a way to avoid the story-book cliche, and failed. “I'm not... not really, um... you know, ready for something this... ah... this... ah, um... f-full-on? You know?” She knew her body wasn't matching her words, flushed and panting as she was, with a dampness about her thighs all too obvious already, and she struggled to make another apology.

“I-I just... I think I want...” unthinking, her raised hand dropped down first to politely cover, then rest against the indecent heat at her groin. The contact alone was enough to force her to stifle a groan. “N-not, um, you know... so... so... I-I want it to be um, ah... gentle... slow... and, um... I mean...” She couldn't think of any way to delicately say that Eternalis seemed to be on the edge of ravishing whatever he touched. That wasn't what he was like, normally... Her cheeks were about to burst into flame, she was sure of it. There was no way she was trying to have this conversation, surely. Her hair sparked and cracked as she tried to find somewhere safe to look.
"I'll be... I'll be fine... Just need to... calm myself down," breathed out Eternalis, in response to Lyntael's worried query. His left arm was a little hard to define as looking like an arm for much longer, with its mass of tendrils and wild deformations, but at the end of it, his hand was clenching intermittently over his chest. He closed his eyes, and tried take some deeper breaths, but with every breath sounding more like a restrained grunt, it clearly didn't seem to be working.

Despite her own daring invitation, Aurora was somewhat confused with her own actions. Of course she knew what was going on with Eternalis, as she herself had been providing him with her own lurking desires, and she could somewhat tell how close he was to his boiling point. She was even toeing the line by taking hold of his hand and making physical contact; her hand sank further into Eternalis's liquefying arm with every moment. But besides that, she was also entranced by how Lyntael looked at that moment. The desperate look in Lyntael's eyes was mirrored by the other person in the room, and Aurora wanted more. So much so, that before she knew it, she had asked the question off-handedly.

She immediately started regretting it as the words left her mouth, and Lyntael began fumbling with her response, sparks under her skin looking like a rippling pool at this point. Part of her stuttered response made Aurora's eyes widen, however, as Lyntael teetered on the edge of actually accepting her sudden prompt, while also backtracking repeatedly every time. "Ah, well, you know, it's okay! It was just a thought, ha, haha. My bad!" she blurted out. At that point, both of them were stumbling about, while Aurora was getting more acutely aware of the increasing volume of Eternalis's breathing.

Aurora shot up to a standing pose, and clapped loudly in an attempt to break the awkward air. She then paused for a moment, before turning her head about, scanning the room. Her eyes stopped upon seeing her discarded suit in the middle of the room. "... Oh! Right," she exclaimed, before looking down at her bare self. She closed her eyes, and moments later, a brief shimmer went down her entire body, reapplying her suit and causing the discarded one on the floor to vanish in turn.

Opening her eyes again, she looked down and tugged slightly at her rear, as if to check the fit, before audibly sighing. As she did so, she spotted the beeping spinner device inside of Eternalis's wildly deforming body and winced. "Oh, dear, I didn't notice that..." she said, turning back to Lyntael with an apologetic smile, while scratching idly at her cheek. "Um, I guess it'd be a bit hard to pull that out right now without, uh, setting him off... Do you mind if I brought it back after this, at some point, maybe?" Then, clasping her hands together in front of her legs, she made a little bow. "I'm so sorry we cut this off so suddenly, on such an odd, uh, note, but I had a lot of fun. If you'll have us again, I'd really like to come again!" said Aurora, her smile a mix of apology, joy and slight sadness.
The moment twisted and frayed as they each fumbled on the edge of desire, caution,care and eagerness. Lyntael knew that if her friends pushed, she'd probably give in; another part thought she'd get scared; another said she'd enjoy it; another said she'd regret it in the end; another said it was just what she needed. Aurora pulled back more firmly as she tried to explain, and Lyntael found herself nodding along as her friend withdrew the offer and tried to move away from the tense crossroads.

Even as she nodded, and a sense of relief made her sink back on her heels, the danger passed, another part of her writhed and groaned internally. She couldn't keep the distressed conflict from her features as she nodded more firmly and looked own at the carpet, taking longer breaths herself as she tried to calm down. She wanted what was offered; she wanted it so badly right now that her body was aching for it. It was all right there for her to try, truly and properly for the first time... why hadn't she just said yes? It was too late now. The moment was gone. It was probably for the best. Eternalis wasn't himself. He'd regret it too. But if she'd just said yes... If she'd just been more assertive, wouldn't it have been fine? Light, she needed to take care of herself...

The war of thoughts was somewhat visible to Aurora and Eternalis as the smaller woman tried to visibly relax herself and breath more evenly. The play of light under her skin danced and her hands shook; the politely covering ward before her groin had balled into a fist and it was easy to see the twitches and shudders as the girl fought the urge to do something more inappropriate with the hand, rather than just covering herself. She rocked slightly, holding back a frustrated groan.

“Ah... Yeah... right... M-maybe later, some... some other time, um, when I'm... ah...yeah, maybe... some... some day...” She swallowed nervously, still panting and trying to even out her breath. “We shouldn't... do this... now.” This time the disappointed groan did manage to slip between her teeth before she could stop it, and she curled over on herself slightly in her efforts to quell the physical frustration that taking the offer off the table more firmly was causing her.

The matter decided, Aurora was swift to move on, though Lyntael just found herself nodding in a somewhat distracted daze as her friend perked up and tried to drag some normalcy back to the atmosphere. As Aurora dressed, Lyntael nodded to that idea as well, and turned about, back on her hands and knees as she retreated to her own bundle of clothes, and inadvertently giving her guests one last clear show of her behind and intimate areas as she shuffled her top back on and finally managed to pull her pyjamas back up as well.

The distressed spinner drew her attention as aurora pointed it out and Lyntael gave a rueful glance at the open box, then nodded as she carefully got to her feet as well. Her body still felt weak and lacking strength, and the strong physical sensation of need was drowning out most of her other tactile responses. She swayed slightly.

“'s okay... I... um... you can get it back... um... whenever...” she swallowed again, fingers flexing and twitching unconsciously as her eyes travelled the room. “I should, um... I need to... clean things up and put things away. It's okay. It was really fun. I... I hope we can hang out again soon!” Another couple of moments passed as they sorted out quick goodbyes and Lyntael watched Eternalis with a mild sense of apprehension and a small sliver of regret, before she moved to the panel near the main screen and made a few quick adjustments to it.

“I, um... I can monitor the out-link from this side, while I'm here, so, getting you guys home again should be a little smoother, hopefully... Sorry to be so abrupt...” The flush in her cheeks, and down her neck and chest hadn't faded at all, even though Lyntael herself seemed to be getting her breath back a little. “If you're just going right home, it should be fairly stable... I'll, um, I'll count you in, so you can brace for it... sorry he's so harsh about security... Ready...?” As she gave a count in to the transition with the fingers on one hand, Lyntael spared a last quick glance for each of them, smiling properly. “Thank you. Thank you both so much for all of this! Um... have fun!”

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After the pair had gone, Lyntael leaned back against the wall and vented a long groan while sparks danced in her hair and she hugged herself tightly, thighs pressed tight together. It might have been the right choice, but that hardly made the growing feeling of discomfort as her arousal began to fade any less unbearable. For a short few moments she made an effort at starting to clean up, then growled in frustration again and darted from the living area, shoving the door to her bedroom mostly closed behind her. Within moments, the crack and flash of electricity started to creep around the crack in the door, and for the second time that evening, arcs of lightning began to fill one of the rooms in the small home.
Even with how much Aurora herself was fidgeting about, she noticed how much Lyntael was being hesitant about the entire thing. Part of her wished she had just pulled Lyntael along for the ride, but her own sense made her think better of it, especially since she had retracted the offer on her own already. In the middle of dressing, she had felt something familiar weakly wrap around her feet as well, causing her to sharply inhale in response. She had resisted the urge to turn back, and simply put her foot down on the insistent blue tendrils with a weak electrical charge, in order to dissuade Eternalis from going any further. Despite her efforts, the slime continued to wrap around her ankle, though it wasn't quite enough force to trip her over. I'm sorry, please hold on a little longer, her little heart thought.

As Lyntael went over to the administrative panel, she recalled the fact that their trip here hadn't been as smooth as a normal PET transfer, and that they were about to go through the static-filled emulation tunnel again. This time, however, she somewhat welcomed it; the pain could be a respite from the aching heat that seemed to be rising from inside her, and maybe briefly shock Eternalis out of the arousal feedback loop that she herself had started. "I-It's okay! We'll get through fine," said Aurora, giving Eternalis a quick glance; his body was steadily getting more out of control, and had already taken in her entire foot, working its way up her legs. She nodded quickly to Lyntael's query, before blurting out a final bit right as she vanished into the link. "You too!"

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The days that followed saw Lyntael keeping to herself for the most part, but the discomfort that had lingered and the uncertainty, seemed lighter and more distant. She carefully stored the strange packet of chips that Eternalis had left behind on a shelf in the pantry. A part of her debated simply getting rid of them, but warmer, redder thoughts stayed her hands, so they ended up hidden away instead. She caught her thoughts lingering on the evening that she'd spent with Aurora and Eternalis; any time other important matters didn't take precedence, her mind drifted back to linger on the unexpectedly heated encounter.

She'd almost done it... She probably would have regretted it, at least a little, but she had almost gone all the way through with the idea. She didn't really think that she thought of Eternalis in that way, not when she was calm, and sober, and... not being influence by strange arousal-inducing chips. Aurora was very pretty as well, and it had been a surprise to find herself contemplating the other woman in similar ways. She'd never considered other women as a possible... interest. She'd never looked at another woman that way before, but being close to Aurora, and seeing her behave like that had been strangely comfortable. As she washed up her mug and turned it over on the draining board, Lyntael looked out the window and frowned to herself as she watched the river go by.

Evening thinking about it now... it didn't particularly stir any... responses, for her. Aurora was beautiful... sexy, if she was going to use adult words about it... and she didn't mind seeing her in an erotic state, and she thought she might be comfortable enough being in such a state herself in her company in future, even without alcohol or... chips... but even so, it didn't exactly 'do' anything for her, not in the way imagining how she wanted her first actual intimate encounter to be, usually did. It was strange. Her mind had dwelt on the thought often, since that evening, and she felt fairly sure that she'd be comfortable and even able to enjoy... being intimate, with Aurora, if the other woman still wanted to do something like that, but her thoughts always came back to the idea that she'd be 'okay' with it, that she'd be 'comfortable' with it... not that she desired it personally. She would want to do nice things for her friend, and make her friend feel nice, though. She could be certain of that much.

Eternalis was a more difficult series of thoughts. Mainly, after she calmed down and regained her senses, it was still very difficult for her to think of him in a directly erotic sense, despite everything they'd done and the memories she'd seen. She could imagine herself in Aurora's positing, in those memories, and enjoy those thoughts, but it was just thinking about what she might feel, not about the person, and that wasn't right at all... but Eternalis wasn't really... like that, at least, not in her mind...

Her musing continued as she wandered back to her bedroom and retrieved the book from her bedside, curling up on the living area couch to read, and soon enough her thoughts were lost in philosophical theory instead of confusing romance questions.

It was almost an hour later that outside sound cut through her reading, and Lyntael looked up at the sound of Rogan's voice, standing quickly and setting the book aside. Unthinking, she smoothed her skirt, even though she could see that the screen was still asleep on Rogan's side.

“Lyntael. We have work to do. I have acquired what I need to get what we came here for, and we have a few days to make preparations. There are several things I will need you to do, and much you will need to know to do it.” The screen lit up as Rogan picked the terminal up and she saw a spinning glimpse of the hotel room before it settled looking at a patch of ceiling; he'd likely placed it on his work desk. A sense of ominous dread crept over the girl as she took in his words, but she pushed it down. With a brief acknowledgement, she stepped up to the large screen and raised a hand to it, slipping out of the device to speak with her operator face to face.

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[Frelia bookkeeping: 273 + 65 = 338 FXP]