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This Time's Different

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Its been months since the burning of Palmacosta and honestly I was still broken up with what happened. I released a sigh. I should have known better honestly. With the way commander Brute was acting. Yet here was, walking off with Ratatosk's core on my forehead. I already nailed Tenebrae, one of Ratatosk's centurions and the centurion of darkness, on the head for making chastity jokes. The nerve the spiteful, old, soggy, idiot had.

Tenebrae urged we make for Luin. Saying something about how he thinks a core is there. I had my doubts, really. Luin was proud of their daily groveling at Lloyds feet. Didn't they call Lloyd something along the lines... 'Lloyd the great'. Wonderful. I'm being whisked away to a town that has independence issues. Somebody save me from this fate. My luck plummeted majorly when Tenebrae announced that he sense Lumen's core.

Upon arriving, the first thing I took notice was the dried up riverbed. Which only confirmed that there was definitely a core here. I walked across the Riverbed and saw a teen struggling to defeat a grizzly. He was too timid to land blows firmly, and his stance was bad enough to make Martel cry. Seeing him pushed down to the ground though made me realize that I should probably go rescue him. Jumping from my spot and nailing the Grizzly with a hard blow behind it's neck, I took defensive stance in front of the teen who cried out

"I-I don't want to die like this" Was I not too focused on the Grizzly in front of me I would have said something on his statement.

"You, alright?" I asked as he got up. He stuttered a yes and lifted up his weapon timidly again behind me.

"Are you taking front and finishing what you started or do you want me in front?" I questioned. He began stuttering again. "Front or back. You don't have to take front if you don't want to." He finally replied to me with front. I straightened my posture and let him take the front. "I'll support you from here." It was pretty clear during the duration of the fight that he had next to no experience and had the spine of a worm. When the Grizzly finally went down for the finally time and locked my weapon into place and put it away in my bag and then turned my attention to the teen.

"What. the. Hell. What are you doing down here if you hardly know how to fight? Why didn't you gather some friends or an instructor to help you down here. Don't you know it's dangerous going at it alone when you're just starting?" I blew up at him. All I got were a couple of 'Sorry'. I huffed a sigh before recognizing him. He was from the night in Palmacosta.

"Hey... Were you by any chance in Palmacosta during the purge?" I asked slowly. It's a tender topic. If he's out here that means his family either fled, or are probably dead.

"U-Um... Yes..." He replied confirming it.

"I thought so, I saw you during it. Though... you seemed much different-- Never mind, I have to go. Nice to know you're okay. Now stay okay and get your ass back up to Luin where it's safe." I was scolding him again. I turned on heel and started off again before he called out too me. "Yes?"

"I-If it's dangerous here... Shouldn't you leave too?" I stared at him before laughing a little

"I can protect myself. Is there anything else you wanted to ask?"

"Um... I-I'm Emil... And you?" Emil huh... It's a nice name, has a nice ring to it.

"I'm Kylee, nice to meet you Emil. If that's all, I have to get going. You take care, ok. Now march your butt up to Luin, alright?" With that I took off again to the other side of the lake bed.