"Yeah i know, but..." Crown gets interrupted by the ringtone of the phone. Just as expected it was Clare. "Hey, how are you doing?" she asks it right out. "I'm fine..." Crown lies. It wasn't usual for him to hide the truth from Clare, but he wanted to avoid anything that would make her worry. "Sorry i called you again so quickly, but i just wanted to hear your voice. Um, so where are you now?" she asks it both with curiosity and hope. Clare was the type of person to ask a question like that a hundred times in just ten minutes.
"We're just one floor further you know." Crown tries to sound as relaxed as he could. "Oh, i see." Clare on the other hand didn't hide her disappointment at the slow progress.
"Well how about this? I'll give you a call every five floor starting with the next one, okay?" Being confronted with it by others didn't do much, but hearing Clare just over the phone was enough to make him reconsider his current ways.
"Really? Ok, you better hurry up then." Clare asks it in a demanding manner.
"See you soon." Crown adds before hanging up.
Crown remains silent and looks at Sam and Arthur for a few minutes. After remaining motionless and silent for some time he stands up and crosses his arms.
"To hell with it. Let's go."
It seemed like one phone call by Clare could do more than all FCL together, but at least Phantom was on the move again.
In the meantime Yukari was picking her way through the candy land. She tried to carry as much as possible, she even instructed Lenneth to do the same. When she came to the point that she couldn't carry more, she just started eating.
"Y-Yukari?" Lenneth was rather shocked by the display of gluttony, at this point she reminded her more of Chulainn than her dear Master.
Lenneth sits down next to her and slowly starts picking through the candy, trying to find something she likes.