Now that was a lot better! Even if his excuse hadn’t been the best — okay, he hadn’t tried at all, in fact — it still had the effect he desired, being that the bluenette finally calmed down and appeared to be more approachable now. Touya couldn’t help but snicker inside. Girls were all the same, weren’t they? Wenches. No matter what you said to them, as soon as you praised their appearance they would give in. What made it funny — it didn’t matter what you said nor if it was honest, people just needed to come across as genuine.
Such a joke.
Either way, Touya kept the sweet smile in place while he tilted his head to one side in mock innocence and nodded. “As you wish, Miss! ♪” he beamed happily, chirping lightly as he let her take the lead along the way. Bingo. Across the suspension bridge, yes? Well, maybe he could have found it himself now. But why should he decline the girl’s help when she was so eager and enthusiastic about guiding him there? Oops, that was sarcasm.
“I’m so grateful for your help, Miss! You’re so kind and nice, I’m so lucky to have met you, indeed,” Touya rambled on in such a cheery and bubbly manner while he walked behind the girl, although he couldn’t help but glance back to the run down building she had come from. Some sort of inn? But it looked abandoned and definitely in bad shape… “Have you already been at the library before?” Some small talk sounded good, even if Touya doubted that the stranger would even play along with him. “I heard it holds books about Sinnoh’s legends. I wonder what they’re like…”
Surprisingly, his interest was genuine, although he mostly wanted to check if there were books the library in the castle didn’t have.
"Tch…" His voice was getting increasingly annoying with each step she took. Did he honestly think Sinnoh hadn’t been warned of Team Plasma and some of their more… dangerous members? His face was a close enough match if she was seeing correctly, the bill of his hat having covered the top half of his face. It was only after she had snapped at him, causing his head to lift up in surprise, when she had been able to see more than enough of his actual face. It had taken quite a bit of time to figure it out at first but Hikari was completely sure she had seen his face before. Maybe in one of the larger cities, Hearthome or Jubilife?
Though, whether he was this mysterious wanted criminal or not, it wasn’t any of her business. Real world problems weren’t her business. Unless, of course, he had any intentions of getting anywhere near or harming her puppeteer. Something that had very low chances of actually happening.
"Sinnoh’s legends huh..?" Sure enough she knew nearly every single one of them, let alone being apart of one so called ‘legend’ herself. It was actually kind of funny finding out exactly how many of these stories were true. In fact, if it weren’t for the odd legend that was a load of religious propaganda, all of them would be.
Even now, 6 years later, Hikari still clearly remembered her first year of being under Darkrai’s wing and how he would read the books she brought back home every day, explaining to her what was true and what wasn’t. He was kinder then; gentler and understanding. But now… rather than being under his ‘wing’, she was under his control. A mere slave. A problem maker. A puppet girl. What she was brought here to be in the first place.
She would die to have that just once more.
"Whoa — Hey. There somethin’ goin’ on that I don’t know about?"
"Large cities tend to have more than one person you know.”
"Summer time already, ‘ey..?"