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"Look here Dosey, the Fortune Teller Auris is visiting this southern village," Iris says dutifully. The fairy flits across the map to the dog on the other side of the table. The dog whines, placing a paw on the table.

"Hero, do you think Auris will have a solution this time?" the fairy asks hopefully. Dosey cocks her head too, staring at the person Iris addressed as 'Hero'. They pour over the map that Iris was just on, marking a path to the town.

"She didn't last time," the hero says cautiously. The dog trots from her side of the table, leaning against the hero's leg. They look down and smile, gently petting Dosey's head. Dosey whistles cheerily at this, nuzzling into the hero's hand.

"That's my girl," they say gently, leaning down to kiss the dog's head.

"Auris might have it down this time though! She said she was close, remember?" Iris presses. She flies to the hero and seats herself on their shoulder. The hero sighs, returning their attention to the map. It's a long journey if they want to visit the Fortune Teller.

"There's a nayuta orchard along the way there," the hero concedes. "What do you think, Dosey?"

Dosey woofs happily, her tail thumping against the floor quickly. She sits up on her haunches, reaching up to put both paws on the table. Dosey barks again, staring at the hero with her big dark eyes.

"That settles it, we're going."

"Wait! Were we not going to go if there weren't nayuta trees!?" Iris asks in alarm. Dosey just barks again cheerily, beginning to salivate. The hero doesn't answer and reaches into their bag. They produce a nayuta fruit, pink and plump. Iris eyes the hero suspiciously as they share the fruit with the dog. It's certain she won't get an answer- not tonight anyway.