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We follow them to an inn near the edge of the city. We go into a room on the first floor. There's no one in here other than a wounded man on a bed. Moria rushes over to the man with a green glow over his hands. The man's armor is chipped and broken. Multiple gashes and punctures are visible. His blood oozing from them has stained the bed sheets.

"Why'd you come with us?" I ask while looking at Hina. "Don't you have a job to do?

"We-well…" Her eyes point away. "I was curious."

"Hmm…" I stare at her for a moment. I smile. "Slacking off to see your boyfriend I see. I never would've imagined Hina would slack off for such an impure motive…"

Her face flushes red. "Shu-shut up! It's not impure!"

She turns around and storms out of the room.

"There is nothing more I can do for this man," Moria says while standing up. "He should be out of the woods. There is no telling when he will wake up, though."

"That's great news!" the guard exclaims. "I will inform my superior right away! Thank you for your assistance!"

The guard dashes out the room. Moria sighs. There are dark circles under his eyes. "Well, I should be going back. We are going to do our best to bury everyone from the Academy by then, but the funeral will be held at 9 AM tomorrow regardless. I will see you then."

"Okay. Hiro and Drugo are on the back of the wagon parked in front of the Academy," I inform.

"I understand," Moria answers and walks out of the room. Marin is staring intently at the unconscious man.

"We should get going too, Marin. Let the man rest," I suggest. "He's gonna wake up eventually and tell us what happened."

"Okay…" Marin says, and then we head out. "What're you going to do now?"

I think about it for a moment. Luna comes to mind, but I don't want to deal with her right now. "I'm gonna see if Emdos is back."

Marin suddenly grabs my hand and stands in place. I stop and turn around. She looks me in the eye and says, "That's not good."

I look away. "Stop finding excuses…to not see her, please."

I squeeze her hand tight before replying, "Fine. Let's go."

I pull her along, still holding her hand. We walk in silence for two minutes.

I clear my throat and then ask, "So...when was the last time you saw your parents?"

"It was the day before they left on the expedition," she answers. I open my mouth about to say something, but she smiles and continues. "We went out to eat at my favorite place close to home called, 'The Monarch.' I loved that place because they treated you like a king or queen no matter what."

"That sounds nice… I wish I could eat at 'The Green Boar' with Emdos again. The last time I saw him was a month ago on an ordinary visit. He didn't tell me he was gonna leave or anything…"

"I'm sure he's fine," Marin says with a smile. "I'm sure he wouldn't leave or go anywhere dangerous without saying goodbye first…"

Marin loosens her grip on my hand. Her eyes are shaky. I tighten my grip on her

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