Date: Arc 719, 68th trial of Ymiden
Time: 14th Break
Alex leaned back against the post, her eyes flicking across the crowd gathered and milling around the Bounty Board. As the last time she was here, she was hoping to find someone. She tossed her hair back over her shoulders, and pulled at the collar of her long-sleeved shirt.
It was too damn hot out.
It wasn't even the heart of the hot cycle yet, and she was feeling like she'd melt into a puddle if it got any worse. Her eyes scanned the crowd again, and she caught sight of Trixie and Pug on opposite sides of the open area, both of them firmly keeping her in their gaze. After the events of the last few trials, neither of them were totally comfortable with Alex being on her own. Who knew what would happened next?
After arriving back in Etzos after just over two arcs away, Alex had a lot of catching up to do. Crelian had been left in charge of her shop, the Laughing Potion, something Warren, her shopkeep, hadn't been fond of. But she trusted Crelian the most out of all her underlings, and by a fair margin too. He had run the shop well, extended contacts throughout the city, though had refrained from making any sweeping changes without her. Business had been steady, but without Alex's expertise, things had quickly slowed. It definitely wasn't helped when the supply of Zip Stick that Jachiel had been growing suddenly stopped arriving at the end of the cold cycle. Zip Stick was easy enough to make that Warren could handle it, and much of their clientele revolved around that drug, but business was hurting now.
Which brought her here. A trip back out to visit the farm might remind Jachiel of why he'd better pay up, and a bit of extra muscle around never hurt, especially if things got ugly with the farmer.
Her eyes landed on a woman walking by with dark black hair, and armour covering her body.
That could work
, Alex thought, and chased after her, setting a hand on the woman's shoulder.
"Hey, hold up. Are you interested in earning a bit of extra coin?"