Chapter Three: Fellowship

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"Oi, wake up. You're going to fall off the roof. From this height, you'll go splat as soon as you hit the ground. Hey, are you listening to me?" an echoing voice called to Yuri.

The boy's eyes groggily cracked open, spotting Terias hovering over him with his hands on his hips. Yuri blinked several times and rubbed the crust from his eyes with the back of his hand, yawning. He dragged his legs off the side of the roof and rolled over, laying his stomach on the hard tiles. "Eh? What are you doing up here, Terias?" he groaned, stretching himself out like a cat.

"I saw your ass drooping off the side of the building from the streets," Terias grumbled, folding his arms. "I came to make sure that you didn't fall off and break all your damned bones, that's all." He was about to walk away when his stomach began to howl like a whimpering hound. The young man's hand went to his belly and he grimaced, the features of his face scrunching up in pain.

"Hungry?" Yuri said, pushing himself to his feet. He brushed some dust off his clothing and reached into his pocket, pulling out a few golden coins. "I have enough to grab some grub. Anyway, I was heading to the market. Do you want to come?"

"Huh? I don't have the money to go there!"

"I'll pay for you, idiot."

"I don't want your pity!"

"It's not pity," Yuri said with a shrug. "It's me thanking you for waking me up before I shattered my back. If you're not hungry then don't accept." Without warning, he started to jog along the rooftops once again, his shoes tapping against the tiles. He smiled as he heard the noisy footsteps of Terias behind him.

Yuri was actually surprised that Terias was willing to tag along for breakfast. Ordinarily, his dislike of Yuri would've steered him away, regardless of the offer of free food. He must be really hungry then.

After fifteen minutes of hopping from rooftop to rooftop, the two young men returned to the streets and walked the rest of the way to the marketplace.

The market was located between the Upper and Lower Districts and was open to people of all socioeconomic classes. It was probably the busiest area of Horux, for traders from around the city would gather in this massive plaza to barter and sell their products.

Yuri raised his eyebrows and whistled as they walked into the market, impressed with how many people there were today. "It usually isn't this packed. Is there a celebration today?"

"Who knows?" Terias mumbled, still holding his stomach. His face was weary and there were heavy bags underneath his eyes, clearly the result of sleep deprivation. "I've never been here before."

"Yeah? It's a pretty nice place if you're looking for random stuff to buy," Yuri said. "Plenty of food as well." He reached into his pocket and flicked a golden coin through the air in Terias's direction. He caught the money cautiously with both hands, as if it were a fragile egg that would shatter if he weren't too careful. "Get something for yourself. There's a lot of choices to pick from."

Terias's face drained of color and he blinked several times, shocked that Yuri had just given him a gold coin. This was worth at least a thousand copper coins and could buy him several meals. "T-Thanks," he muttered, averting his gaze.

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