Following her apparent death from the previous chapter, Naria awakes to find herself in the company of a stranger.
About this creation
When Naria awoke, she noticed several things. It was dark, it was damp and she was on a stone slab. Quickly sitting up, she surprised a yellow... Thing. The thing had been sitting down, reading something, and had jumped a bit when it saw her wake. It had some sort of two-pronged double-headed staff in it's claws, and it was short. Silver spines protruded from it's back and neck, and it's head was reptillian, but under some sort of hood.
Naria had quickly jumped off the slab and was taking a few steps back from the thing when it hissed at her, "Relax, I'm not here to hurt you. You just startled me, that's all."
Naria had never heard anything like that voice before. It was male, just higher pitched, and the way he pronounced his words was different from her way of speech. The thing placed his staff on the ground again, and went back to his reading. Naria, not entirely convinced that this wasn't some sort of dream or anything, went over... And poked the thing in the eye.
"Yow!" He yelled, clutching his face, "Why did you do that? I saved your life earlier!"
"Saved... My life?" Naria asked. She didn't remember anything about nearly dying, except for the foul, cold, slimy water, and slowly running out of air to breathe as she went deeper into it.
The thing nodded, "Yep, almost drowned in sewer-water. Nasty thing that is, why did you decide to take a swim in it?"
"Sewer?" Naria asked again, "Drowning? What do those mean?"
The thing looked at her as if she was insane, "Really? You don't know what sewers are? Or drowning?!"
Naria nodded, she had little concept of what they were. She never really had learned anything besides speaking and writing. Two things Cyst had forced her to learn.
The thing put his hooded face in his hands, sighing, "Sewers take waste away from cleaning rooms, and deposite it elsewhere. Drowning, is when you lungs run out of air, and are filled with water instead. Got it?"
"These things in your body, they allow you to breathe."
"Why don't we just get rid of them?"
"We need them to live."
"Oh... Sorry, I don't know much about what's going on... How did you find me?" Naria asked, embarressed that compared to the short thing she didn't know much. He appeared annoyed, in the same way Cyst got annoyed before he started to beat her.
"Saw your head bobbing in the water. I tried to grab you," He said, "But I couldn't reach. So I used the Kanohi mask I found."
"Kano-" Naria held her tounge this time, she didn't know how this thing treated slaves.
"It's fine, Kanohi masks are masks, and Great masks have special powers. Some can make you fly, shield you, turn you invisible. Mine controls the element of Gravity," The thing explained.
Naria understood... Half of those words. She wasn't about to ask though, she just nodded like she understood, "Well... Now what are you going to do to me..?"
The thing raised an eye in question, "Do? Nothing. You can go on your way. I just have one question though..."
When he said she could leave, Naria had started to head away from the thing to what appeared to be a door on the wall over there, "W-what?"
"Why didn't you use your elemental powers to save yourself? You appear to be a Hybrid of Water, why didn't you control the water to get you out?"
Naria shook her head, "Elemental powers? Hybrid? What is the things you say?"
The thing sighed, "I can explain everything to you, if you want that is."
Naria eyed the thing warily, nobody offered her things, they told her what to do and left it at that, "Maybe, what are you getting out of this!?"
The thing shrugged, "Someone to talk to? You have no idea how boring searching for something that doesn't exist is when you're alone."
"Fine... But double-cross me and I'll... Do something," She threatened, not sure how exactly they worked. Cyst had threatened her plenty of time, but she never really threatened anyone before.
"Alright," The thing said, "I guess I should introduce myself, terribly sorry at that. My name is Tybalt, and you are..?"