The hooded figure is 90% clear now. He is tall, but he is not abnormally tall like Andrareanesi. He moves through the crowd silently. He attracts people's gazes. The intense air around him repulse the people away. They know better than disturb a person who doesn't want to be disturbed. All kinds of people roam the underground cities. He is trying to find someone.
Deia draws the picture fast. She adds the details that she has seen in the vision. The hooded figure is male. He should be a foot and a half taller than her. She can't see his figure inside the robe. His body seems human. Then, he must be a highly ranked spirit. High-level spirits can take human forms.
Following Kresi and coming to the middle realm has been the right choice. Kresi might be the Harbinger. She might be Renasir. But, before everything, Kresi is the person who will lead her to find her spirit. She would have followed Kresi even after knowing the truth.
She stands in front of Kresi and asks her with a soft voice, "Kresi, help me find my spirit beast."
She shows the sketch to her. "I know that he's in one of the cities here."
Kresi takes the sketch from her hand. It looks like a market. "How far is it in the future?"
"Not too far." Deia is feeling like the spirit will move to a different realm if she doesn't find him first. The vision has been clear as if it's happening currently. "Maybe hours or a day."
Kresi sighs. "I need to figure out to fix a spell. But, we will find your spirit first then. I know that he's important to you."
Deia's heart feels warm. Kresi is a good person. In this whole world, she's the only one who will go this far to find someone else's spirit.
Kyo feels that his sister has been acting strangely. She's close to him. She's also far. Her attention is easily taken by other unimportant people. He entwines his fingers with hers and pulls her closer. Her scent makes him feel better. She peers at him and then, looks away. He wonders what he did wrong. He is relieved when her fingers curl around his hand. She's not angry. She is worried about something.
"I wonder where it is." She murmurs while observing the Seer's sketch. "There are nine cities. It doesn't look like the one Mogrok destroyed. Then, there are 8 more cities to check."
They stop when they see a boy running to them urgently. "You are still here. I escaped when I found the opportunity. Pebby couldn't come. Lady Giana is training her for tonight's dance. I don't have much time. You need a place to live, right? Don't go through that door. That one goes to the fourth city."
One more person has appeared who wants to bother his sister.
"Go straight through that corridor and turn left. Take the second door on the left." He talks fast, "It goes to the sixth city. Find inn number 90. I have sent the message. Raye and Gabriel will come to meet you there."
She doesn't look happy when she hears that. "I get it. But, can you tell me where this place is?"
Mirai takes a glance at the sketch. "This place... isn't it the 4th city? It's the market. You want to go there?"
"I have something to do there." Kresi takes back the picture. "We will go to the 4th city first. Tell us the way."
Mirai purses his lips. The plan has to be changed now. If she goes to the trade city, she won't be able to leave soon. "If you want to go there, I will tell you the way. You should be careful. There is all kind of people in the trade city. Turn around the corner. The first door to the right goes to the 4th city."
Kresi nods at him. "I am going to stay for a while. I have to fix somethings here. By the way, Pebby and you are okay?"
Mirai shows a bright smile. "It's not bad. Lady Giana treats us well. She blocked our channels to prevent us from using ehr, but it's for our good. The nameless knights can't track us if we don't channel ehr. We won't lose control this way. Still, it's not a bad life. We only have fifteen years left to serve here. After that, we can live freely."
It's not a bad life. But, it's not a free life. They can't use magic. Their bodies don't belong to them. They are elite slaves who do everything to please their master. The price of living is losing free will.
Kresi closes her eyes in frustration. "I don't like this world where you have to live like this to survive."
"Kresi, you can change it." Mirai looks at her hopefully. "You are the only one who can change this world. You are the Harbinger. You promised us that you would do everything to change the lives of the cursed children."
She doesn't reply to his words. Mirai realizes that he is late. Lady Giana will notice his absence. "I have to go now. Gabriel and Raye will find you in the trade city."
He runs away after finishing his words.
Deia starts to understand the lives of the cursed children. They are hunted by the nameless knights for their whole lives. Mirai didn't seem like a bad boy. His channels are blocked and he has to live like a slave under Lady Giana's thumb for shelter. Deia can't use magic either. Until she finds her spirit and makes a contract with him, she won't be able to use magic. It is frustrating to live a life without magic. Then, how do these cursed children feel? It's not their fault that they are born like this.
They walk quietly to the 4th city. The biggest market in all the realms. Deia finds this place familiar. Her spirit will come here. But, where? She is closer to her spirit now. They are in the same realm. same city. she will gravitate toward him. The wait should be over soon.
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