Chapter Sixteen

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The enclosed space of the middle-of-ocean settlement began to suffocate her after the short trip outside. Marislart jumped around the room, wagging his tail, running in circles. She lay on her bed, seemingly lifeless, occasionally sighing heavily. Marislart kept on nudging her to play with him, but she would only shove him away. Irukaryuu was eager to replace him in the open world, and she could feel it. However, she did not feel like moving to get him out, which irked the Drachnid.

In the end, she just had to call him forth, infusing back Marislart, which made the Canid unhappy.

"I kind of don't want to cooperate with the orcs," she said. Irukaryuu rolled his eyes, floating around the room.

"It's natural," he said. "And you shouldn't. You would go against your people." She nodded.

"Exactly," she said. "I don't want that. Do you think I could escape?" The door creaked open.

"No," Theos' voice said. He stepped inside the room, folding his arms and raising an eyebrow. "We cannot let you, because we need you."

"Why?" she asked.

"We need all we can use," he shrugged. Cenna snorted.

"Just you wait, I'll find my way out," she said. He laughed.

"Sure," he said and walked out of the room. Irukaryuu let out his strange sound like a growl. Cenna folded her arms.

"So, what will we do?" she said.

"Let's just rest and enjoy being lazy," Irukaryuu suggested. Cenna snorted, rolling her eyes. The Drachnid seemed uninterested in running away. After all, he would most likely be able to fly away on his own whenever he wanted. She gasped at the thought, glaring at her demon. He groaned. "What would you even have me do? Besides, I think it would be obvious I left." She shrugged.

"Just, perhaps... let them know? You know, the Academy," she said, poking the demon. He shook his head.

"I am not really all that willing to travel all that distance to reach the Academy," he said. "I know it is rather far away. Besides, who would believe me? They probably do not know Drachnids exist. We are in the orcs' part of the ether, where they hunt."

"Is it really all that impossible?" she said. "Perhaps they will believe you."

"More likely they won't," he said. "Sadly, you cannot sent Marislart."

"What if I write a letter?"

"What good will that do?" Irukaryuu snapped. "They did not even get to know you properly." She frowned. It was good, sometimes, he took advantage of messing with her mind, searching through memories. He was better than her at logic and logical conclusions, which kill all her ideas. Then again, would it not be better to risk it rather than keep on asking oneself what if...? "Risking is not always the best idea." He snorted. "Especially when you know how impossible it is for them to believe me." Cenna groaned.

"But... we have to do something," she said, circling around the room. Irukaryuu observed her, then flinched, glancing at the door. He sighed and relaxed a moment later. She raised an eyebrow.

"He passed by now," he said, lowering his voice to a whisper. "Write that letter any way you know how."

"Perhaps I could give some information on myself that they would not know," she whispered.

"I doubt that would convince them. The orcs could find out, and if not them, then Theos would," Irukaryuu replied. "Do you have a middle name or something?" He seemed concentrated on her, as if searching for the information instead of her. "Anything?" She snapped her fingers, took a paper and started scribbling. Irukaryuu observed over her shoulder. There were no letters, but rather some scribbled lines, seemingly random. The last sentence she wrote instructed the reader to contact her other family. He stopped for a moment. "The adoptive family?" She nodded, folding the letter and handing it to him. He tilted his head. She searched for a ribbon, a thread, but found nothing. Irukaryuu rolled his eyes. "Didn't he give you hair ties?" He flexed his legs, his tail swishing about. "Take one." She opened the small box filled with rubber bands and hair ties, smacking her forehead.

"Yeah," she said, grabbing one and tightly tying the letter around his foreleg.

"There you go," he said. It stood out, but there was nothing to do about it. "Now to smuggle me out." He chuckled, making Cenna frown. She creaked the door open. Irukaryuu flew out.

"Hey!" she called quietly.

"I can sense them," he said, turning to look at her.

"Aren't you magical," she muttered, tiptoeing quickly to him.

"Regardless of level, Drachnids are quite the best," he boasted, winding through the rather dark hallways. She just followed him without saying anything. He could probably hear her thoughts on his shameless ego.

"I can only guess you'd be better off without me," she said.

"Go to the bathroom," he whispered, gluing himself to the ceiling, turning to another hallways. She followed. Indeed, there was a bathroom there, and she entered. Irukaryuu continued down the hallway in dead silence, advancing quickly. She could sense his slight tension, but chose to ignore it, feeling it diminish. It was great how distance meant nothing to their bond. She washed her hands and face, taking in a deep breath. She noticed she showed her nervousness after seeing herself in the mirror. She waited a couple of minutes before heading back to her room. There were no signs of distress coming from Irukaryuu. She was calm.

Back in her room, she summoned Marislart out, letting him jump around and waste his overwhelming energy. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she could feel Irukaryuu sending her a reassuring feeling, and for a moment she felt as if she were immersed in water. He most likely got out. She sighed in relief, lying back on her bed.

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