â€œI have to go,â€ Zanna said as she squeezed the old womanâ€™s hand. â€œThank you,â€ she said. Then she ran alongside the line, dodging the listless creatures queued for their judgments. She ran, her arms wrapped around her, holding her blue shawl close. The wind pushed her hair into her eyes making it hard for her to see. She quickly lost sight of the manâ€™s black cape, and she slowed her pace to look for him amongst the lines. Instead she found herself face to face with a lovely girl with green skin and glowing silver eyes.
â€œWhy are you running?â€ she asked Zanna in a surprisingly deep voice. â€œWhat are you after?â€
â€œThe caped man. I thought I saw him come this way,â€ Zanna answered, moving closer to the girl and joining her line. â€œDid you see him just now?â€ she whispered, not wanting anyone to overhear her.
â€œNo, but I heard him nearby,â€ the green-faced girl answered. She was very young, Zanna noticed, much younger than she was. Her hair was a few shades greener than her face, and was tied back in an elaborate braid.
â€œWho is he?â€ Zanna whispered.
The girl looked surprised. â€œMikelo, you mean?â€
â€œIs that his name? The caped man?â€ Zanna answered urgently. She could feel the girl closing off, getting nervous.
â€œYes, thatâ€™s him,â€ she took a step back and looked anxiously ahead at the row of priestesses in the distance. Her turn was still a long way off.
â€œItâ€™s okay,â€ Zanna said. â€œIâ€™m new here,â€ she tried to smile, looking into the girlâ€™s amazing silver eyes, but the girl was fixed on the priestesses. It wasnâ€™t working, the silver-eyed girl was lost. â€œThanks,â€ Zanna murmured, and darted off up the line.
She quickly found a gap in the lines and turned, wandering past a group of lanky boys with lizard eyes. She shot them a smile as she passed. Zanna kept going, hoping to catch sight of the black cloak, the tall man â€“ Mikelo â€“ who knew his way around this world. As the gap widened into a path, she picked up her pace, resuming her run. She knew she was attracting attention, but she didnâ€™t care. The air was cold and fresh and it felt right to keep moving.
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