Sigrid was not in their usual part of town, that much was clear. The small Paralogos drew their cloak tightly about them as they hurried through the abandoned city district. This outskirt of Sermos was a study in urban decay: nothing but shattered glass and the skeletons of buildings stretching towards a solid grey sky, vulgar graffiti and cracked pavement. Even the rats and pigeons seemed to avoid it, and as far as Sigrid could tell, the hygge Paralogos was the only sign of life. At least, they hoped.
They had been searching all morning without luck, the predawn darkness gradually lightening. Finally, a movement caught their eye: a long-defunct subway entrance, distinguishable from others they had passed only by long tendrils of spiderwebs clinging to the rails, swaying gently in the breeze. This had to be it.
Sigrid paused at the threshold. The subway entrance stretched down into darkness, filled with the smell of cobwebs and musty air. With a gulp, they plunged downward into
Petra walked briskly down the side-alley, grimy, retrofitted hoodie pulled up as far as it would go. Every bit of gravel in Sermos seemed to be stuck to her oily skin, one persistent pebble clinging doggedly to the bottom of her foot.
Things had really been going great since her exit from the petroleum refinery. Truly. She pushed a hoodie sleeve to her elbow and pulled it back again, feeling ill at ease among the city and its overwhelming stench of spent oil. The Paralogos was hungry... nothing dire, yet, but she could feel a creeping, unscratchable itch at the back of her skull and a tingle at her fingertips, twitching to pour over a backlog of petroleum production records, or shipping dates...
Petra shook herself out of her reverie, trying to be vigilant. A Paralogos alone in the city could easily attract unwanted attention, and one with her word focus, well... It wasn’t as if she thought things would be smooth sailing after her escape from the petroleum refinery, but they hadn’t
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