Along the way, he managed to sneak off and call Ikumi, his mentee and new friend. "Hey, chipmunk," he greeted, though the strain in his voice was obvious. "D-Do you think you make it to the last stop before Bosco's border? I...I'm in trouble. I need your help," his voice wobbled as he spoke, and once he was sure she'd come, he returned to his seat and resumed his charade.
Once off the train, he heaved out a heavy breath of air in a long groan. Tired red eyes peered around, hoping he'd be alone. The terrain was still mountainous and arid, but it the incredible skyscrapers from the technologically advanced county were merely tiny spikes in the distance. No worries about giant, city-wrecking monsters here. It was just dry, but nothing compared to Desierto. He'd take it. Once the train pulled away, he shambled over to the dilapidated station out in the middle of nowhere. It was clearly almost abandoned. There weren't many that lived or traveled out here other than for odd jobs or maybe some exploring. Not another person was in sight, so he allowed himself to ease into a dusty bench and slouch. His skin was covered in a layer of cold sweat, and Ike wondered if he'd survive until Ikumi arrived...if she arrived.
The color drained from his face a bit more as he imagined his hapless mentee buying a train ticked and proceeding to sleep through every stop until she either reached Sin or all the way back home. Perhaps she was not the right person to call for this...but he had no one else to really call. He didn't want anyone to see him like this. If he kicked the bucket, he'd rather do so with the bare minimum present. What would Ikumi even be able to do once she got here? Ike hadn't thought this through, so much so that even he was laughing at himself. It was a long, painful laugh, but he laughed all the same. If only he thought ahead sometimes! But alas, only hindsight was 20/20. He'd gained a magnificent treasure, but at what cost? And yet, he couldn't shake the feeling that he knew what to do with it and that all hope wasn't lost. It was all very confusing and he couldn't think or get through this alone.