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"Very well." Sliucha decided to pick up the pouch of coinage for now, before standing up.

"Let's see you to your new apartment then, shall we? Don't suppose you want to get a bite to eat or anything?"
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This is why you don’t just give all your money away, idiot.

It was clear by her bony frame, even hidden under baggy rags, that she hadn’t eaten in days. Which wasn’t the case! She had eaten! ...just berries and whatever she could find on the ground. There was also that time I stole a piece of fruit from a vendor who was in the middle of scamming a customer. He was asking way too much for the little amount the poor woman had in her hand!

Which was probably why I stole some coin off of him too.


Tali sighed, rising from her chair to give a more proper bow. “Thank you for your kindness, lady Governor, but I’m afraid I have to decline. If you could show me where to go, I’m certain I could find this place on my own. I would hate to take you away from your current duties and activities.” Her gaze flashed over to the woman who was ‘busying’ herself for a second before returning it to the Governor.
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"Mmhmm?"

Yeah, no. Sliucha stepped forward and suddenly her arm was hooked around Talindra's. She was a lot stronger than she looked! Or, actually, did that make sense any more? If she'd just looked like an elf, sure. But she was a busty fox-eared three-tailed... thing. Maybe it made sense for something that looked so odd to possess otherworldy strength, too. Even if it was just thaumaturgy.

"We're getting you something to eat." It was a very final statement. Talindra could protest all she wanted, but Sliucha was already walking and escorting her out of the office.

"See you in a bit, Angela!" The other woman just giggled and waved at the two of them.
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What is happening.

There was little Tali could do to protest. The elven woman-I suppose that’s what I should call her. She has certain additions, but one pair of ears are still pointed. - was rather strong and practically dragging Tali along. She barely gave the receptionist a wave before they vanished from the room.

She took a moment to compose herself and walk alongside the Governor. It would be a bit embarrassing to be staggering alongside her helplessly. Not that walking alongside such an important figure in rags is much better. Her gaze shifted over to Sliucha, but it wandered down a bit further than it should.

Now is NOT the time to be checking her out, you moron!

She snapped it back to what was in front of them. The betrayal of her own gaze left her unable to trust it for a second attempt. “May I...ask a silly question? You have so many better things to do. Why are you taking a stranger out?”
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"Why shouldn't the governor take an interest in the well-being of the citizenry?" was all Sliucha could think to remark on Talindra's question. And if she noticed the elf's wandering eyes, well, that was kept to herself.

Although, of course, she was flattered.

Anyway! There were plenty of great eateries in the vicinity of the governor's office and she quickly led Talinda to one of her favorites. A great little cafe that made these awesome wraps stuffed full of meat and veggies and other goodies. She quickly explained to Talindra how it worked - you just had to select what sort of material you wanted the wrap to be (a wheat wrap, or a spinach wrap, for instance), and then what kind of meat (mostly chicken, but there were other varieties), vegetables (roasted zucchini, lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.), and they'd make it for you!

Sliucha was going to get a spinach wrap with the crispy chicken, lettuce, roasted zucchini, roasted squash, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers, please!
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Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because you’re taking a thief out to eat?

Tali simply gave a silent smile followed by a nod. There was little else she could say without revealing too much about herself. The sight of being lead to a nearby cafe brought some relief to her tense posture. While she didn’t think it was wise to be out in a public scene for too long, a little food couldn’t hurt right? Besides, who would try and assasinate her in front of the Governor?

It never hurt to be too careful, however. She scanned the surrounding area, taking note of people who seemed to be out of place as well as open areas which would make for a good escape. Once she felt like sufficient data was collected, she permitted her gaze to fall back to Sliucha.

Who appeared to be finishing an explanation. Feth! Okay. Don’t panic. I can fix this. All I have to do is order the same as she is and hope for the best.

With a plan set in her mind, a smile spread itself and gave some warmth to her pale cheeks. “I’ll have the same. Thank you for this, I really appreciate it. Do you come here often?” Part two of the plan was to follow up with a question that brought along a whole new conversation. The hope was this transition, while not the smoothest she had done, would suffice to hide the evidence that she wasn’t paying attention.

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Conditions were rather good if Talindra wanted to not be too ostentatious about things. They were in a better part of town, where there weren't suspicious looking people loitering around alleyways and looking for marks - nothing like that. No, these people were well-off, driven, ambitious. They had things to do, they had places to go, and they didn't have time to eye up random scrawny elves in the street. Not to mention the fact that she was with the governor meant that most of the attention went to Sliucha and not her. The crowded streets would make escape... reasonable, hopefully. Well, not hopefully, hopefully it wouldn't even have to come to that.

All right then! With the orders put in Talindra could watch as the man prepared her food right in front of her. Bring out the wrap, dice up the meat and veggies, put it all in the wrap, and wrap it up! Finish the first, and move right on to the second. It didn't take long at all.

"A few times! I try to sample everything the city has to offer, so I wind up going to new places a lot, but I always come back to the ones I particularly like." Both wraps were finished and Sliucha handed over the payment, with a generous tip, before gesturing for Talindra to follow. They could seat themselves at a table by the window, across from each other.

Time to chow down. Nom! Nom nom!
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It was a bit foolish, but Tali felt a hint of jealousy. Everyone here, even the Governor, seemed to be content with their surroundings. They had their daily lives which had a natural rhythm - rarely interrupted, but when it did things always went back to the way they were before. Friends. Family. Jobs.

It must be nice. She thought to herself with a mental scoff. All it took was one accident for her whole life to be turned around. There were times when it could barely be considered living. A better term, in her mind, was survival - trying to get through each brightening in hopes she could see the darkening that followed.

Despite these cynical thoughts lingering in her mind, she trailed behind Sliucha and took a seat. The meal before her smelled as incredible as it looked. It took a bit of effort just to take a simple bite rather than shove it down her throat. Each ingredient that the man laid inside of this spinach cocoon blossomed inside of her mouth, one after the other.

After a few bites, Tali managed to lift her attention back to Sliucha. “This is absolutely wonderful. Thank you! How is yours?” Once the question escaped her lips, she returned the wrap and took another bite.
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"Drrcious."

No need to talk. Just eat until you were done.

Nom nom! Om nom nom! Nom! Sometimes it was okay just to focus on the simple joys in life, like eating when you were hungry.
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Tali chuckled softly as she continued to eat in silence.

With half of the wrap politely devoured, she reached forward to slide some chicken onto the fork. The table seemed to flicker - flashing crimson for a split second. “Be careful...” A sudden crash echoed through the cafe as Tali jerked away from the table and fell out of the chair. She tried to sit up, trembling as her frantic gaze confirmed her surroundings.

Multiple tables. Conversations echoing around me. Windows leading to a city scenery. No blood. No constricting hands. I’m okay. I’m safe.

Then why did that look so real?


Much to her dismay, this realization was discovered after she had caused a scene.
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Ummm...

Sliucha cautiously took another bite of her wrap.

"Youokay?" That's what it sounded like, at least. Kind of hard to tell when she was trying to talk with a mouthful of food. Now, what had happened here? Was this related to why Talindra was seeking shelter? Trauma of some sort, perhaps.

Wait, was Talindra's wrap okay? It'd be a realer tragedy if it wasn't.
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In an attempt to maintain some dignity, Tali stood up slowly and brushed herself off. She took a seat once she had brought it back upright, moving her attention to Sliucha. The woman was attractive, yes, but she was also a sort of anchor. A reminder of where she was currently while her mind attempted to piece itself back together and form a normal reality. She gave a small nod. “I’m alright. Forgive me, I saw a...bug.”

Well that didn’t help her pride much. She practically caused a scene and nearly lost her meal over a bug?

Tali finished eating her wrap in silence, her cheeks rosy with embarrassment.
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Must've been quite the bug. It seemed like most of the people there were turning their attention away from Talindra before long, though, since it didn't seem like anything was really happening, although perhaps some of the staff were being a bit more vigilant in keeping an eye out for this bug of hers.

Wraps demolished, at least they'd been delicious. "Shall we got and see you to your new lodgings, then? Or was there anything else you wanted to do?"
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Tali was grateful to watch the attention leave her, even if it was a bit slow. She certainly didn’t mean to worry the staff, but a small part of her couldn’t help but find it funny. I hope they don’t spend too long on finding my bug.

Who knew? With the way her mind was going, maybe a bug would show up!

She slowly rose, careful not to tilt the chair again, and bowed. “I don’t wish to take up any more of your time so we can head to the apartments.” While it would be nice to have a level of protection while she learned the layout of the town - she wasn’t going to use the Governor like that. Her company is quite lovely, but she has better things to do than show me around. Besides! It might prove to be a challenge trying to maneuver the town unseen.
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To the apartments, then! Once again Sliucha hooked her arm around Talindra's and the two of them made their way through the streets of the city. So much for trying to maneuver! And, well, if Talindra had thoughts about trying to back out, it seemed like she wasn't going to get much of a chance until after the apartment tour, at least.

They were in a quieter part of town, off the main road and down one of the smaller side streets. It was a large tenement building, a guardsman watching over the entrance bowing his head towards Sliucha. A brief talk with the receptionist inside and they found an unoccupied lot that Talindra could use. The key was handed over to Sliucha and up they'd go! Climbing some stairs.

Okay, here we go! 252. Unlock the door, and show it off to Talindra. A living room, a kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom. Not too shabby, you know? More than sufficient for a single person.
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