Perry's appearance from the shadows went unnoticed by the rather preoccupied group. Then again, they seemed to have a good enough reason for that. The man that stepped forward and then yelled staggered backwards and then fell down on his arse. His leg was covered in some thick goop with very clear teeth marks. The opening that he provided by not obsuring Perry's vision anymore granted him the answer he so longed for.
It was most likely the creature that he was after. It was roughly half of Perry's height, covered in dark skin with red speckles and eyes. On its head was a bunch of strange appendages, that eerily reminded him of hands for whatever reason. Sure, it looked rather terrifying in the dim lighting in the night, but it clearly seemed to be on the defense. Somebody who is frightened and backed into a corner was extremely dangerous. One never knew what they were capable of under severe pressure.
The creature seemed to notice Perry's presence as it backed up even more. The women were tending to the man's wound, muttering something about a rabid creature. The remaining two men were eyeing the wound and the creature, but then saw it back up. That prompted them to look behind them and finally take notice of Perry. He himself didn't recognise any of the people who were present in the group, but one of the men seemed to at least have heard of him. "Black Cat? Here?" He exhaled as his eyes widened. Perry wasn't sure if it was because he was afraid or starstruck. "You know this guy?" The other man asked. "You're kidding me? You don't know who kept on emptying everybody's pockets in the city years back?" The man who recognised him replied with a question, but the other seemed to have no clue, still. "No clue. But at least we can beat him up for whatever he did, right?"
Perry was taken aback by how fast they changed their target. Then again, it was probably for the best. The creature was quiet, but it seemed to eyeing the scene very closely, possibly looking for an escape route. They said that the eyes were the windows to the soul, but the eyes of the creature didn't reveal anything, so the young man had no idea what it was thinking. Still, it would be best if he kept his attention to the ones who posed more immediate threat. "Now now, gentlemen. Let us not dig in the past, as that is something long gone." He would try to calm the aggressors, but it did very little to do so. "Oh yeah? Tell that to all of the families that had their lives ruined because of you." The man's demeanor changed to mirror the other's. Perry reckoned that he was in rather deep doo doo.
The very first man was out cold by the time the other two decided to make things more violent. The women wrapped up the wound with some not good looking pieces of fabric and started to look around, most likely disturbed by the other men's vocals. Both of the women flinched when they noticed that a new stranger entered the scene. The two men who were threatening Perry charged him. The young man sighed and simply side stepped the sloppy attacks. "Look, I'm not in the mood to-" Perry wanted to make them stop and save their and his own breath, but they didn't seem to be listening.
The men were momentarily confused, before they attacked at once again. Perry ducked under the punches and dished out one of his own. Unfortunately, that one connected, but Perry made sure not to put too much strength into it. He didn't want to leave a pile of bodies behind him for no reason. The connected hit enraged the last man, who attempted to kick Perry, but he dodged the attack and gave him a healthy dose of an elbow to the side as a gift. The men wanted to fight more, but the women stepped in. "Stop! Stop!" The last person Perry didn't hear spoke up. Perry ceased movement, the men were considering at first, but they complied aswell.
The woman stood up. "What do you want?" She asked, as Perry turned to face her, looking slightly behind her. The creature was there, but more to the side. It seemed that it wanted to leave, but it seemed to be curious at the same time. "I just want you to leave this poor creature alone. That's all." He would say and the people who were conscious displayed an array of different emotions. "Are you serious?" The woman asked in disbelief. The young man would nod in agreement. "Very much so. Especially after witnessing what had transpired here." After saying that, their faces turned rather green. They didn't know how much Perry knew. That he didn't see much, besides the result.
The group exchanged looks among themselves and turned their heads towards the creature. It stood still, as the group thought of a decision. The most sensible person would hold her hands up in defeat. "Do whatever you want, as long as it doesn't bother us." The rest of the group seemed ready to protest, but the woman cut them off. "We need to tend to some wounds." She said and motioned for the men to pick up the unconscious one. Slowly but surely, the group left. Neither Perry or the creature moved a muscle as they packed up and went their way.
The creature's gaze was fixated upon its saviour. Perry stood still, he wanted to wait until the creature felt a bit more relaxed. The creature then took a few steps forward, towards Perry. It let out a strange sound that rubbed Perry the wrong way. There was just something strange and chilling about it. "Thanks pal. Those folks just wouldn't quit." Perry heard a voice, but he was confused, he didn't know where it was coming from. Then he heard a snicker. "Telepathy isn't common around these parts, I guess." The creature would take a few more steps towards Perry, sitting down in front of him. Oh. "So it's all in my head, then?" The young man would ask with a half smile. The creature would grin and nod.
"Let me ask you this then. What are you?" Perry would ask as he slightly bent to get a better look at its skin. "To you, I'm probably from elsewhere completely. I'm a Khigmax." Elsewhere? Like a different country or was he thinking too small? "Well, it is a pleasure to meet you, Khigmax." Perry would straighten his back and tip his hat. "I am known as the Black Cat, but my real name is Perry." He would whisper his introduction. Only select few knew his real name, for obvious reasons. "Do you have a name? Or is it just Khigmax?" He would ask the creature. It tilted its head in thought. "No. I guess I don't." The Khigmax would admit. Perry would hum as he tried to think of a suitable name. "How about Nova? Does that sound good?" He would ask and the Khigmax would grin. "It sounds awesome." Nova would reply. "Would you mind if I stuck around with you? You seem like a cool dude." Nova would ask Perry, who was slightly taken aback. But he was a saviour after all, so he shouldn't be so surprised. "Well... Sure. I just hope you like adventures that are not quite compliant with rules or laws." Perry would agree.