It seemed, for the moment, her words to Chamadarst had at least not ‘irked’ him further. That was good enough for her. Nodding in return, she turned her attention to Bao and Ziell, kneeling in front of the Cadouri once again, folding him up in a soft hug. “We will do what you asked. And when this is over, come visit me on Faldrass, Bao." Rising, she nodded to Ziell and both vanished before her.
Chamadarst told her and Woe what they needed to do and departed as well, leaving them alone. No, not alone. A small girl. THE small girl that had been seen and spoken of in the visions. Trembling and scared, the child began to cry. Needing no further prompting, Elisabeth kneeled and gently held her. The young woman wanted to pick her up but was fearful of scaring her further. Speaking softly, she minded her words, gently caressing the girl's hair “Ru? Is that your name? I’m Elisabeth. We are here to help you and get you home, I promise. To do that, I need to pick you up. Is that ok?”
At first, the girl began to cry harder, prompting the raven-haired mage to simply hold her, eyes glancing up at Woe, silently curious about his thoughts. They needed to move quickly but Ru was traumatized and that needed to be addressed first. Elisabeth also didn’t know if they were safe or would be safe on the trip to Kura’s office. At that moment, she was thankful that she wasn’t alone, even if she was confused and angry about the events that had transpired. She had no experience with children and was completely out of her depth...but she did have experience with wanting to make people feel better. Maybe that was what she needed to draw upon instead.
After a bit more, Elisabeth repeated her question and this time, received no words but the girl nodded her head, sobs slowing a bit. She wasted no time securing her bag and scooping Ru up. Pulling her cloak around the young girl and holding her close, the winds of Ashan still chilly and unsure of the health of the child, she gazed over at Woe with a determined look, still speaking softly for Ru’s benefit. “We should move quickly, I think. Too many unknowns. We can talk…later.”
Oh yes, they would.
Part of Elisabeth wanted to stop and get some food for the girl, check her over for injuries and the like but a greater part felt the need to swiftly make their way to the Albarech. Moving out of the Glass Temple, she held the girl close to her as they moved through the maze of streets, eyes glancing everywhere, looking for any sign of trouble. As well, she kept an eye on Woe. For the moment, their purposes were aligned but until they talked, she wasn’t sure of anything.
The entire time, the young woman spoke softly to Ru. Words of encouragement, soothing, and even a bit of gentle singing. Elisabeth didn’t sing much when other people were around, but the occasion was a bit extraordinary. For her part, Ru didn’t struggle at all against her, allowing Elisabeth to adjust her as needed as they moved through the streets. Occasionally the sobbing returned, then retreated. The trembling was constant though and Elisabeth didn’t know what to do for that…other than what she was doing already. Children were not something she thought about much, although Vega had recently revealed to her that she herself was pregnant. Perhaps the subject had popped into her mind a bit or two since, but she felt very ill-equipt to care for something so precious. All she could hope to accomplish is to protect the girl until they could get help.
As they arrived at the Element Hall where Kura’s office was, Elisabeth found the first person she could and stated their intentions. “We need to see the Albarech immediately, please. My name is Elisabeth Angelus. She knows me. This is an emergency.” Her voice was not rushed or panicked, but insistent.
Sapphire eyes glancing at Woe, Elisabeth bit her bottom lip, gently swaying with Ru in her arms until someone either led them to Kura or a different situation presented itself.
Balthazar, I wish you were here.