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Ecru Dichro

"It's a very bland world, I live in."

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a character in “The E.T. Project”, originally authored by Hazardous, as played by RolePlayGateway




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"I have not lived a very exciting life. I suppose, you can only realize certain things only after comparing them to way things are for others. I almost feel like my humanity has been stolen from me, in a way, as if my way of living is unfair. But I know that some things are just the way they are and there is nothing fair in interfering."

Ecru Dichro



Male Alien #2


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"I'm afraid I'm not accustomed to having 'fun.' A backwards society where entertainment is tops and work is at the bottom of the barrel seems very...unintelligent. I suppose, seeing different ways of living is still just as valuable."

Overall, Ecru is a very bland type of person. He is not easily excitable and he is not quick to show emotions. His expression is vague and most of the time, it's hard for anyone to tell what he's thinking. Even when he's feeling a genuine emotion, he doesn't know how to outwardly express it, and usually ends up looking how he always does anyway. With that said, shocking to most, he is perfectly capable of experience a multitude of emotions, both ups and downs. He's capable of crying and, although rarely, even capable of laughing. Despite his blandness, Ecru has an appetite for the unknown. His curiosity is insatiable and he is always getting himself into trouble by following something he was wondering about. Even if he finds himself afraid of something, he would rather seek out of the opportunity of learning than hold himself back with fear. Where he comes from, this isn't considered "courageous" or "heroic," rather, it's simply the smart thing to do.

Of course, Ecru is a very intelligent person. It's in his nature. He feels his curious nature expresses his intelligence above those around him, which tends to make him come off as cocky, when really, he just has confidence in his intellectual abilities. However, despite his renown intelligence, he is still oblivious of the obvious, especially in new, unfamiliar environments. He is bad at reading people, especially on an emotional scale, and tends to be ignorant of the atmosphere. If someone were crying in his presence, his first instinct would be to check them for wounds so he could treat them- why else would anyone be crying? He understands he has a lot to learn and is more than happy to do all he can to gain as many new experiences as he can before his life is over.

Due to the type of place he comes from, Ecru doesn't understand lying. He is a very honest person. He definitely can't keep secrets and if someone asks him for his opinion, he'll give it up front without holding anything back. It might throw some people off, but most of the time, he doesn't say it to be purposefully rude. It's just his way. With that said, if someone were to ever lie to him, even about the most obvious thing, if it's not something he has any knowledge on, he would probably believe them one hundred percent. Oh, so driers are when you get out of the bath? That sounds reasonable. Even sarcasm flies right over his head. At heart, Ecru is a good person. He is very awkward around other people and doesn't know how to properly react to most situations, but he tries his best to adapt, however slowly or incorrectly that may be.

Despite his naturally boring nature, Ecru is surprisingly selfish and petty. He wants what he wants and if he doesn't get to do what he wants to do, then he'll find a way eventually. If he wants something, he'll find a way to get it. He considers it a fatal flaw, but not one that he's found can be easily fixed (as if he's ever tried). He will whine and complain and never drop the subject until he feels his needs have been satisfied. While he appears to be a boring person on the outside, once he gets used to someone, he can have a surprisingly vivid imagination.


✘His looks

â˜ĸInsects. They didn't have these on his planet. Normally, Ecru would consider that a good thing. In this case, he considers it terrifying. Their small size intimidates him. He has a fear of them crawling into one of his open orifices and laying eggs inside his body, and then making his corpse their home. He read it in a book somewhere that that's prone to happen (although, the book may have been exaggerating a bit) and he refuses to let it happen to him. However, he likes butterflies, but not moths. He likes the many colors butterflies have. Moths are bland and not to be trusted.

â˜ĸAnimals. Another thing they didn't have on his planet. His planet was small and lacking in wildlife. Everything they needed out of wildlife was manufactured to suit their needs. Oxygen was honed. They were able to breathe without the need of trees. They were too advanced for those sorts of things. There was evidence of wildlife in the history books, but those were just things in the far, far past, like dinosaurs to modern Earth. Animals, both small and large, send Ecru reeling. He doesn't trust them. Their actions seem suspicious, scattered, and unintelligent. He doesn't trust them one bit, not a single one of them.

â˜ĸFailure. If his planet had a motto--which it didn't because those were frivolous--it would be "failure is not an option." Those who failed lost their opportunities to continue doing whatever it is they wished to do. Of course, it still happened, they just thrived to beat it out of their evolution. Those who failed were looked down upon. It wasn't something to laugh at. It was a basis of humiliation and shame. Even simple things were meant to be done right or not to be done at all.


"Doing the same thing day after day with nothing but your own thoughts to entertain you can make a person think a lot. It can make them wonder if there's anything better out there."

☁Mechanics. He can make anything out of anything. Well, practically speaking, anyway. He was trained in this field from a very young age and then taught more in-depth specifics as he got older and decided what he wanted to do with his life. Even if he doesn't know what something is at first, he could easily figure out how it works.

☁Reading/writing/math. These things were necessities in his life. He can read a page a minute and write just as well. It's rare for him to find a book too advanced for his level of intelligence, especially on Earth. He can solve complex mathematical equations as well as walk himself through scientific equations.

☁Space. Ecru knows a lot about space. He knows every constellation. He has every aspect of every astrological sign memorized and can almost always tell what someone's sign is just by looking at them.

âœŋInteracting with others. Interacting with other people on his planet was limited to strict necessity. Of course, people made light chit-chat in passing every so often. Families would tell each other about their days. But as far as carrying on a real conversation- well, that simply just didn't happen. Conversing was only necessary to pass on information. People on his planet did not "hang out" with each other. They didn't sit in a cafe and talk about their lives. Elders didn't discuss the olden days, parents didn't recount stories of their silly children, teenagers didn't enthuse about the new video game or movie or their date last night. It just didn't seem necessary. This lack of communication never bothered Ecru until his arrival on Earth, where he realized this was commonplace.

âœŋTemperature extremes. By "extreme," anything below or above average room temperature is more than he is used to. If it's less than seventy degrees fahrenheit, Ecru feels like he's freezing and needs to bundle up in a mass of blankets. If it's more than eighty degrees, he swears he's going to have a heatstroke and demands to have a bottle of water with him at all times.

âœŋPhysical activities. He wasn't trained to do anything special. Crime wasn't really an issue on his planet, so there were minimal reasons to learn how to protect himself. Sports weren't a thing either, so running around was just seen as silly (and a bit mental). Those who gained physical strength were those whose parents put them in the field of dirty work, like construction or heavy lifting. Although he was an mechanic, Ecru rarely dealt with heavy lifting of any sort.

Ecru was born on a planet named Nullius. Those on Nullius are given a name based on their color coordination--mostly in judgement of the skin color and eye color, although the possible hair color may also be taken into account. Children are generally a blend of their parents' colors. For instance, his mother's name was Bronze and his father's name was Citrine. The planet itself is a world dyed black, white, and a blend of gray. The people are the only ones who have any color at all. In fact, they consider themselves color-blind, although it's obviously not the truth. Everything on their planet, including manufactured or planet-made items, just happen to be, well, colorless. Many outsiders consider it a place.

The people on Nullius are strict. The people are like robots. While they each have minds of their own, they don't have any activities to express themselves. It's all about moving forward. They see no point in wasting their lives in frivolous activities, like entertainment television or amusement parks. Ecru's parents were no different than anyone else. The parents choose the way of life they wish for their child to have and the child is expected to go through with their choice, and from there, once the child is old enough to think freely, they may choose from a limited list of options to carry out their life further. Ecru's parents decided that he would be an intelligent person, as both of them were just the same, so they put him in a higher class of work. When he grew through puberty, he had his choice, and he decided to become a space engineer. He wanted to explore untouched regions; he wanted to see the unseen. He wanted to experience the expanse of knowledge first-hand.

Overall, his life lacked much of anything considerably problematic until he got a bit older. When he decided to be a space engineer, he used to sneak into the ships when everyone else was sound asleep and pretend to pilot them. From there, his curiosity only grew, and he started taking them out for a ride. It was risky. Nullius was very strict on rules and laws. Fooling around was not productive, not intelligent. Ecru was caught after a particularly risky trip. He'd been gone too long and when he arrived, everyone was awake and his supervisors were unhappy with him. They considered this an inconvenience and went as far to call it an attempt at theft, and he was fired before he could ever do any real exploring. His parents were furious.

An opportunity arose. Aliens were permitted to live on Earth for a trial period, perhaps longer, to interact with humans. His parents were against it. They said he'd disproved his intelligence and that he was not worthy for the trip, but Ecru thought otherwise. He saw the experiment as his one way out, his one, slim chance as getting to experience something he'd never experienced before, so he went for it.

So begins...

Ecru Dichro's Story


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Arizona, at this point in the day, was looking marvelously beautiful. The sun sat, plump in the light blue sky, and far below, a young boy was staring directly at it in amazement through the window of a car. It was a sight to see: a small teenager buckled into the back of a black, bulletproof car. Two tough looking men sat in the front seats, a very large gun in the hand of the one in passenger's side. The one who was armed seemed to be observing their escort by a constant turning of his head. Upon seeing what he was staring at, the man informed the youth that the sun was not something to be looked at for long periods of time. The boy, in response, turned to face him, but his hands immediately shot to his eyes. He made a small whining noise before drawing his hands back to his lap and looking out the window once more, ignoring the sigh of his guard.

The boy's name was Toddlk Lorav and he was an alien. To any outsider, that statement would seem bizarre and unbelievable, but it was the truth. Toddlk did not come from earth, but when he had arrived as a visitor, he had been treated with respect. In fact, Todd had nearly just arrived. He'd landed in a small ship at some secret military base in northern Arizona, and he was on his way to yet another secret facility.

Suddenly, the car jerked to a stop, it's wheels kicking up dust from the sandy road, pulling the small extra-terrestrial out of his thoughts. He immediately found himself, once again, glued to the window, his eyes widening at the sight of their destination. In truth, he'd expected it to look nicer, as it looked quite like a prison from the outside. It had large stone walls covered in barbed wire and practically an army of guards surrounding its gate. Before Todd could finish looking, his door was pulled open by the driver of his car, whom Todd did not notice get out. He stared at the unfriendly looking man through the opening in the car, Todd not moving from his seat. The two boys locked eyes, Toddlk still not budging. Eventually, the driver seemed to realize what the issue was, leading him to bend over the short blonde in his car and unbuckle his seatbelt. "Thank you!" the alien cried as he grabbed his small suitcase and leaped out of the car, landing in a catcher's stance. He quickly stood up, trotting toward the massive clump of security guards. The driver, who had followed him from the car, rested a hand upon his shoulder, signaling him to wait a moment. Todd didn't mind, as he instead knelt down and began to play with the sand below them.

The man gruffly spoke some sort of code, as "Butternut" was not a word that often came up in regular conversation. The security force grunted in acknowledgement, parting so that the gate they were guarding could be passed into. There was a loud buzzing noise, followed by the swinging open of the gate. Todd took this as a cue to stand up and approach the facility that would be home for the next few weeks.

Upon stepping into the facility, his breath was taken away. Despite its outward appearance of a prison, the city inside was stunning! There were small houses lining the streets, Todd figuring that they were the homes of those in charge of and running the experiment. There was a rather large building, which happened to be filled with classrooms, although the young alien did not know this. In the middle of the town square lied an enormous fountain, water trickling down from the mouth of an extravagant angel resting at the top, all the way into the pool below. The sight made Toddlk flinch with discomfort.

Before he could admire the scenery much longer, he was approached by a stranger wearing a white lab coat. The man, his appearance leading Todd to believe that he was a scientist, seemed fascinated by the sight of the young alien. To be honest, his appearance did attract interest, as he hadn't mastered human fashion at this point. He wore a pair of orange board shorts, paired with a maroon sweater that did not match in the slightest nor looked comfortable in the Arizona heat. However, the man did not seem to be put off, as he approached the young boy and placed a hand upon the lad's head as he examined him. "Mr. Lorav. A pleasure to have you!" he spoke after he had sized the young man up, recognizing him from the profiles of participants available to the staff. "I expect you knew that, when coming here, you'd be paired up with humans, correct?"

Todd stared at him, slightly baffled, only half paying attention to what the man was saying. But, his lips parted into a wide grin and he placed his hand upon the stranger's head, as he figured that it was some human welcoming ritual. The man pulled away laughing, as if Toddlk had done something he found funny. "The dorm buildings are right over there, if you would like to get settled into your room," said the supposed scientist, pointing to a large building down the street and to the right. "I have to stay here to welcome our other guests, so I'll see you later." As Todd turned to leave, now on his own, the man waved at him. Todd waved back, grinning stupidly, before making his way to his room.

The dorm building was about two stories tall and quite wide. Its outer facade seemed quite new, not a single crack to be found upon its surface. It had a few steps leading up to its wooden door, which Todd quickly climbed, prying the entrance open. He stepped inside, finding the foyer to give off a very quaint feel. The lobby had comfortable looking couches inside, and a television hanging upon the far wall. Steps lead up to the next story, a small platform above holding the entrance to six different rooms. The young alien hurried up the steps, finding that, upon each door, two names were plastered. Todd searched until he found his own name, next to the name of a stranger. Eagerly, he stepped into his new bedroom. To his surprise, it seemed quite homey, so he plopped his suitcase down upon the floor. The room contained a large bunk bed, a small kitchen area with a mini-fridge and microwave, and a bathroom tucked away in the back. Todd, unknowing of what to do next, sat himself down upon the floor and stared at the door.


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Ecru had already very unfortunately been scolded three times since his arrival to the new planet. Or, rather, the planet wasn't new, per say, in its- Well, whatever. Nobody around him liked hearing him rambling on about all his new discoveries anyway. He'd made more than he could count on two hands and two feet in just the short amount of time he had in walking to the car, and in riding the way to the facility he was expected to live in for, what he now realized, was possibly an undetermined amount of time. He made a mental note to ask about that at a later date. He was sure these people had it all properly planned out. They weren't exactly the most intelligent beings he'd ever come in contact with, but they were fine for what they were worth.

He'd learned very quickly that the world here was much livelier than the one he'd known his whole life. There were colors here, not just blacks and whites and shades of gray. He nearly felt blinded when he first arrived and gratefully accepted a pair of glasses that dimmed the extremes of everything. The brighter ones were especially painfully, but after a while, he took off the glasses and convinced himself that as long as he would be living there, he would have to adjust. He lasted about twenty minutes before his headache got the better of him and he put the glasses back on. Taking things slow would probably be for the best. His head was already swimming with so much new information he was afraid his internal circuits would fry.

The car ride was noisy despite his lack of conversational skills. A man and woman sat in the front seat of the, in his personal opinion, primitive motor vehicle and chatted noisily away with each other. Every so often, the woman would turn in her seat and explain a few things to him, like the expected procedures, the basic schedule, how things were expected to work during his stay; a general briefing he supposed.

"You will be staying with a human- but you should already know this," the woman went on as they arrived. The man opened the door for Ecru, and the alien stepped out, staring up at the building. The architecture was all different than he was used to. Even the things that weren't splattered with color were decorated in designs, in pieces of art and, well, all sorts of stuff. His first thought was to consider these things a gigantic waste of time, but after a few minutes of studying a few different things around him, he decided that maybe it wasn't all that bad. He could see the compulsion, just not the purpose.

"Mr. Dichro, pay attention." Ecru stopped short of walking into a wall and blinked at it. He turned his head towards the woman, who he was convinced was named Arylide due to the dirty blonde of her hair, but she assured him it was actually Ms. Macy, which sounded nothing but weird to him. Macy couldn't possibly be a last name. And if it was actually her first, then what kind of color was Macy? It had to be a shade of yellow. Then again, he'd learned quickly that humans didn't do things the same way on Earth as he did on his planet. Maybe people weren't named after their colors, seeing as colors were more- "Mr. Dichro." He snapped back to attention and felt embarrassed for losing track of what he was doing.

She seemed satisfied for getting his attention, but sympathetic for his situation. "Mr. Dichro, for now, you'll drop your stuff off in the dorm." She pointed in the direction of the dorms. "You should get well acquainted with your new roommate. You'll be spending a lot of time together. I'm sure you have a lot to teach one another." I doubt that. "For now, that will be all."

Ms. Macy started walking away with the man in tow when Ecru thought of something. "Wait. What if I have questions?"

The woman with the dirty blonde hair paused and shared a look with her companion. "Then I suppose, Mr. Dichro, you will have to find an answer."

Ecru frowned. That seemed...unprofessional, somehow, but the two humans turned a corner out of sight and he was left alone. Feeling uneasy, Ecru carried on to his room. He found his name alongside another's outside an already open doorway and swallowed his nerves before going inside. He found the other person, whose name surely couldn't be Seto Adachi, already in the room. He didn't look like he'd been there long, but Ecru didn't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing.

He didn't have much in terms of luggage. He had a single suitcase with all his belongings, which consisted almost strictly of clothes with the exception of a few snacks from his home. He stood in the doorway for the longest time, lingering in an almost painfully awkward way, before remembering to remove the sunglasses he'd been given. "I'm Ecru Dichro," he greeted stiffly. "Nice to meet you." In this case, Ecru noted that the human's eyes seemed to be, to him, his most prominent features. "Cyan." He nodded his head, shifting into the room by just a margin and motioning towards the bed. "May I take the top bunk? It might relieve any feelings of homesickness." Clearing his throat, he continued. "To inform you: I'm not familiar with human customs. If I do anything offensive, tell me."


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Seto's eyes widened as he saw his new roommate enter the room. "W... what on Earth is he... wearing?" was the first thought that popped into Seto's head. The young man, whom quickly introduced himself as... ehm... Ecru Dichro, was wearing one of the most bizarre outfits he had ever seen. Seto wasn't exactly a prime fashionista himself, wearing mostly jerseys and jackets, but even he wasn't this disconnected.

"O... oh yeah! Name's Seto Hanakura Adachi, but you can call me Seto. As you can tell from just the name alone... I'm not originally from around these parts. Haha..." Seto finished with an admittedly forced laugh as he allowed himself to examine his new roomie with a little more precision. In terms of general appearance he didn't seem too odd... his skin was a fair deal darker than Seto's (Had the scientist really been a serious racist after all?) and he had a nice mess of shaggy blonde hair with, what Seto assumed, was a ribbon hanging out of one on the locks. Ecru's eyes seemed to be a shade of orange tinted brown? It was a little bit of an odd color as far as typical eyes went, but Seto's own vibrantly colored eyes had taught him not to pick out little details like that so casually.

Ecru's clothes however... were far far from what Seto would have considered "normal". Examining them a bit closer, Seto saw that Ecru appeared to be wearing some sort of white and black jumpsuit... fitted with a frilled mask that ran across Ecru's nose. W... was that lace? It looked like lace... surely not? Seto scratched his head. He practically knew by that point that Ecru's was foreign... he certainly wasn't from America, THAT was for sure. Still, for all the ignorant Seto knew, these odd clothes were the traditional garb of whatever country Ecru may have come from... keeping that in mind, Seto decided not to mention this "aliens" choice in fashion.

Seto himself wasn't wearing anything fancy, just his usual casual wear. A white bandana was wrapped around the high neck of his black jacket, underneath was a plain black jersey which he had considered stripping down to for hours in the Arizona heat. On his legs he had a plain black tracksuit with a single white stripe running down the right leg and the Japanese kanji for "wind" emblazoned on the front of the left. His shoes were a basic pair of black combat boots that his mother had bought just recently, they were clearly new and Seto was still wearing them in... but the thick leather used in their construction made for reliable footwear, especially in hot areas such as where he would be living for the next little while.

It was just then that Seto was snapped out of his train of thought by Ecru's voice... he asked for the top bunk due to homesickness? Was his home high up? This caught Seto's attention, but what caught his attention even more was the fact that Ecru claimed to be "unfamiliar with human mannerisms" and apologized should he make any mistakes with such things.

Seto's eyes widened... high up places? Disconnection with self identification as a "human"? The term "alien"? How could he have been so blind! It suddenly all made sense!

The scientists working at the facility Seto had signed up to help... were kidnapping children from mountain climates and trying to make them feel and act as a lesser species! Seto really was in some sort of hyper racist slavery camp! What was Seto's purpose... to condition this poor young man, Ecru, to behav like some sub-human degenerate? To try and trick Ecru into being some self doubting slave?! That was sick! Seto wouldn't stand for such cruelty... but creating an uproar so suddenly would be foolish... he would have to be more tactful if he was going to uproot this conspiracy.

"Yeah, sure you can have the top bunk... I prefer bottom anyway." Seto looked uncomfortably to the side as he delicately approached his next question.

"So... Ecru, right? You eh... obviously aren't from around here... where do you come from originally?... Oh and ehm... how did you get here? You weren't brought here... against your will... right?


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Ecru gave the human a blank look. Past the bland expression was a slow turning clock of disbelief and an immeasurable amount of confusion. He wasn't even sure where to start with this one. Perhaps with the fact that his name really was Seto. Colors were both important and vastly unimportant for the people of his society. They were important for organization purposes--as in: names. Ecru was a tannish, yellow-ish color, like a brown mixed with yellow, yet still light. That defined him. The word 'seto' meant nothing. It was just a word. Adachi was just a word. That was, to put it lightly, stupid.

He felt himself being watched and made sure his movements were careful, so he wouldn't do anything to make an idiot of himself. There was no way of judging his roommate's intelligence--although, if the other humans he'd met was anything to go by, he really didn't have anything to worry about. He didn't want to insult him or his culture. Or his clothes. Or his name. Or, well, his way of talking, and how he seemed to be pretty interested in holding a conversation despite how arbitrary it was to do so. Then again, they were supposed to get to know each other and, from there, learn about one another and- well, whatever. He'd figure it out.

In the room was an array of basic necessities. He found two small clothing containers on the other side of the room, and what Ecru assumed was a closet, so he began unpacking what clothes he brought along. "Originally? My mother's womb." He almost, almost smiled, his eyebrows raised as he peeked over his shoulder to see if Seto got the joke.

...Maybe that was a bit dry.

Clearing his throat, Ecru went on. "I wasn't brought here against my will, no. It was a volunteer program. I assume we all knew what we were getting ourselves into prior to getting into it."

He took his folded clothes out of the suitcase, unfolded them, and then carefully refolded them before putting them into the small dresser drawer. There was no reason to code them by size or color since they were all exactly the same. He had two outfits for winter, but he wasn't sure what to expect on Earth, so he wasn't sure what to bring. He wasn't even sure if it was possible to ask for his parents to send him something warmer depending on the climate change. They weren't exactly happy with him coming here in the first place after the incident with his work. Maybe if it came down to it, he could borrow clothes from his roommate. If they didn't mind, of course.

"My home is Nullius. It's very...different." Finally, he finished putting his things away and turned towards Seto. He frowned at the discarded suitcase in the corner of the room, scratching lightly at his pants to suppress the urge to clean it up. Disorganization was really unfavorable.

He glanced outside and noticed a few other faces passing by the open door and wondered if they were supposed to interact with the others. The woman told him he was just supposed to figure things out, but that was ridiculous considering his situation. He'd marveled at the color of grass for crying out loud; how was he supposed to figure out what to do from this point on? "Are we expected to fend for ourselves? Do we have free reign?"

It felt uncomfortable to assume they they could just do what they pleased. He didn't know the schedule. He wasn't sure when to expect his next meal or if they were allowed outside this facility, or how far for that matter. He was pretty sure talking to the others wouldn't mess with the experiment so long as they didn't end up choosing sides, like some human vs. aliens things. Oh god, this human's imagination was already starting to get to him. What if it was infectious? He'd never be able to return to his home if he came back acting like, well, one of these people.

Then again, curiosity was starting to get the best of him. "Cya- Seto, maybe we should take it upon ourselves to...explore a little." He wanted to see more, and he doubted Seto would be fine sitting around in this stuffy room. Even Ecru, who was used to blandness, found it a bit bleak. With a small frown, he added, "And when we return, maybe I'll help you unpack. You obviously need it."


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Todd found that his wait was not long at all, as, within a few moments, he noticed the doorknob turn. The opening of the door followed with the entrance of another being, a person which Todd assumed was human. The boy introduced himself, stating that his name was Ian, a shortened version of Julian. He also paired his name with the question "What's up?", a phrase that the alien did not understand. "What's... up?" he asked, leaning his head back to check. "The.... bed above me?" He had no idea why anybody would care to know what was above him, but he knew it must have made sense to humans.

After answering the human's odd question, Todd turned back to his roommate. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Ian. My name is Toddlk Lorav, but most people seem to have difficulty saying that here, so call me Todd if you find that easier to say." He didn't exactly know how to greet the people of Earth, and he debated trying the strange head tap that a scientist had used on him a few minutes before. However, a quick read of the human's emotions told him that he had done all that he needed to with his introduction.

Without much of a hesitation, Ian responded with a question. "So are you really an alien? Or is this some huge, complex, practical joke?" asked the human, who now settled down upon the floor.

"Yep, I'm really an alien!" he cried, as if the statement had excited him. Technically, from Todd's perspective, Ian was an alien also, but since Todd had come to his planet, he figured it was only right for that title to go to him. "I'm from Fleiohiri, although it's quite far away so I doubt you've heard much about it. It's a lot warmer there," Todd said as he fidgeted with his blanket. "So, are you from around here?"

Toddlk leaned forward, allowing his roommate to answer. Everything about earth intrigued him, leaving his mind practically begging for information and insight. However, only a few moments passed before a loud voice, belonging to neither of the occupants in the room, echo throughout their dorm. The sudden noise, which came from below the bunks, scared the poor alien sitting above it half to death. "Hello there, participants. I hope that you are all settling down into your rooms and getting to know your partners. As you've probably realized by now, half of you... aren't from around here. As its getting later, the staff of this facility have decided to order you all pizza. If you could begin to make your way to the foyer downstairs for dinner, that'd be great."

Sliding off the bed, Todd decided to examine the source of this voice. He lowered himself onto his hands and knees, not giving Ian much of an explanation to his random behavior, and peered under the bunk. It was there that he found a speaker, one of the many that must have been rigged in every room. He wondered if the scientists could hear them as well as talk to them.

This did not bother Toddlk, though, as he had not come to Earth with intent to judge its people. If it was a human thing to hook up software in the bedrooms of citizens so that you could listen in on them, then who was Todd to deem it odd? Anyway, he had other things to wonder about. For one, what was pizza? He guessed that humans ate it, and he would most likely eat it as well. Although, he couldn't help but wonder if the alien food of Earth would agree with his digestive system, built for foods Earth did not have to offer. Todd had not been smart enough to pack snacks in case he couldn't eat human cuisine, but he didn't worry about it too much. He didn't even seem to care much when he came to the realization that anything and everything about Earth could possibly disagree with his alien body. His solution to his slightly pessimistic thought was to simply not get sick.

Quickly realizing how awkward he must have looked, Todd stood up and dusted himself off. "Should we get going?" he asked Julian.