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Raithe collapsed to the ground as soon as he exited the dungeon. Everything during their escape from it and shortly after, became a blur in his mind and he couldn't fully comprehend what was happening. One thing he did remember though, was the feeling of being carried. The hands were gentle and so was the gait. Warm. Caring. Like being carried by a loving parent. The feeling soon passed however, as he fell into a deep slumber.

Whomever had come to his rescue outside the tomb, was gone by the time he awoke. Raithe opened his eyes and blinked as bright light entered his vision. He closed them again, enjoying the peace and the comfortable bed he was lying on.

“Raithe!”

That was Mika's voice. He tried to sit up, but he felt drained. Instead, he settled on squinting an eye open, towards the kid. “Yeah... it's me...”

The door slammed open and in walked a very angry looking Eigress. He approached Raithe's bedside and stared down at him. After a long moment, he asked, “Where is it?” the man crossed his arms and tapped a foot impatiently on the ground.

“Where's... what?” Raithe asked. He was still trying to pull the pieces together, during and after their escape.

“The dagger,” the man said. “I gave you one job and that was to bring the dagger back. So then...?” he put out a hand expectantly.

“Sorry,” Raith said. “I don't have it.”

The man looked as if he had just been slapped in the face. “You don't have it?” he reached down and grabbed the front of Raithe's shirt. “You were supposed to bring it back!” he said through gritted teeth.

“We did,” Mika interjected.

Eigress looked at him, narrowing his eyes. “Then where is it?”

“Some man took it,” he said. “Raithe was unconscious and uh... he just snapped up the dagger. When I tried to get it back... he gave me a look.”

“A look?”

Mika nodded. “A look like the one you are currently giving me... Sir” he started to back slowly towards the door. Like one might try to escape from a wild animal.

Eigress sighed and set Raithe down. “Fine, the dagger being stolen at some point, was bound to happen.” he stood up straight and walked towards the door. “There was also another man looking for it,” he said. “A dangerous man. Well, you did what I asked you to do, so I encourage you to get some more sleep and then return to the surface.”

“You don't/// need me anymore?” Raithe asked.

“Not at the moment, but I will need you soon,” he turned to leave, but then paused and looked back. “Oh and, I can't have you dying of starvation or from lack of or inadequate shelter. There is a small pouch on the table beside your bed.” then he left.

There was a short pause, a moment of silence, before Felix came scampering in. She trotted up to the bed and immediately started to purr.

“Hey Felix,” Raithe said. He lay his head back down and stared up at the ceiling.

“You should do what he says and get some more sleep,” Mika said. “I'll be back with some food later, before we return to the surface.” with that, the boy left the room and closed the door with a quiet click.

Raithe was thankful for the lack of noise and dozed off, back into his dreamless slumber. He woke up again, this time fully refreshed, when Mika entered the room. The boy was carrying what appeared to be a plate of sausage. His mouth began to salivate and his stomach began to grumble. Raithe couldn't remember how long it had been since he had eaten last.

They both sat there, eating in silence, until the place was completely cleaned. Even Felix was able to enjoy a bite or two, but Raithe promised her something a little more substantial, once they were back on the surface. He called her back into the pendant and pushed himself out of bed.

Everything still ached, though not nearly as much as before. He reached out a hand to grab the money pouch and was surprised by its weight.

“Raithe?” Mika asked. “You coming?”

“Yeah,” Raithe replied. “But this thing... are we sure he didn't give us too much?”

“Oh that? You'll get used to it,” Mika said. “Not everyone gets paid that well, but some do. I guess you're one of those.”

“I see,” Raithe said and then he limped towards the door.

“He probably won't send you out again for a while. At least not until your wounds fully heal.”

Raithe nodded.

They exited the room together and traversed the labyrinth that was the underground water ways beneath Galeron. When finally, they were able to climb up through the manhole, Raithe was glad for the fresh breeze that brushed over his face. He lifted himself out and let it wash over him. The smells it brought, were fantastic. Food from food stalls. Savory things like steak, pasta dishes, seafood and then there was a plethora of sweet smells, best of which were the miniature donuts.

“There should be enough in there for a room at the inn,” Mika said as he pulled on Raithe's hand. “We should get one before it gets too late.”

“Y-yeah,” Raithe said. He released Felix and she appeared in a coalescing puff of blue smoke, her form becoming solid right in front of her. “Something for Felix first though. I promised her.” he led the way to a nearby restaurant, one that sold various cuts of meat including steak and bought one for Felix.

She took it gratefully and ran off into the night.

“She will come back to you?” Mika asked.

Raithe nodded. “Yeah. I can't bring her into any buildings here, she's just too big. I'm afraid people might...”

“Be afraid of her?”

“Yeah. Often we are afraid of what we do not understand.”

Together, they walked back to the plaza and entered the inn on the corner. The inn keeper gave them a room without any fuss about their race, which struck him as odd. When Raithe asked why, the innkeeper simply said, “We are a business. There are no prejudices here, for as long as you are able to pay rent.”

That did make sense. But then again, there had been some restaurants which had refused him because of his ears and tail. In the end, Raithe decided not to question it though and started to climb the stairs. Someone from up above, barreled into him, knocking him to the floor.

“Oh! Sorry!” her voice said frantically.

Raithe glanced up to find a gorgeous, white haired beauty. She also happened to be a Purren. “Don't, worry about it,” he told her as he climbed to his feet.

“A-are you sure?” she asked.

Raithe nodded. “You look like you're in a hurry so... don't let me stop you from leaving.”

She looked relieved at that and ran to the door. She paused with her hand on the door nob and looked back at him. “My name is Suuko Nefrit,” she said. “So, if you ever need anything...”

“Thank you,” Raithe said.

She smiled and then left. A small bell jingled as the door clicked closed.

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