*BEEP* Hello, you've reached Dora. I'm not available right now. I'd like to pretend it's because I'm off doing something glamorous or daring, but, let's be honest, I'm probably either sleeping, busy crying because I remembered Donna Noble's goodbye (again), or got distracted on the way home petting a cat that was just... so soft. Luckily for you, Weekday Escape is scheduled ahead of time. This week! Vitamin Hana calls for "ALL ABOARD", but it ain't gonna be easy. Esklavos proves that witches (some evil wit-ches) just can't be trusted around children. And Sanpoman, well... I think they're feeling a little prickly today.
The Witch and The Child - Look, I already don't plan on having children, although it has more to do with a general unwillingness to share my Fruit By the Foot and what cartoons are on TV at any given time than a fear of witches absconding them to mountaintops to turn into soup. But, well, thanks for giving me another valid excuse for when my mother-in-law asks next time, Esklavos! This particular witch is looking for four talismans in return for the child, and if bad 90s anime has taught me anything it's that giving evil people amulets of great power is a bad idea, but, well, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
Train Station - I've never been on a train, so I'm a little miffed that Vitamin Hana has pulled this bait and switch and locked us inside the station. I've been running blindly at walls for an hour now, and all I have to show for it is some banged up luggage and one extremely disheveled owl. So I guess this one's all on you, kiddo. Find a way to get us on that train, before the bizarrely consumerist message on that vending machine starts to get to me and I open my wallet.
Cactus Room - There's no English writing in this game, but even though I can't read Japanese, I still think I know what's going on. Sanpoman's supremely disinterested cactus has locked us up, and you must attend to its wishes before we may be freed... wishes that apparently involve smiley pictures, botany, puzzles, and slots. Man, I don't know. The ways of the cactus are mysterious and many, but mostly just kind of painful.
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