-Magnolia Town, eight hours later-
Having reached the safety of Magnolia Town after a very long walk that was fraught with uncertainty, Lucia holstered her pistol and entered the town that was home to Fairy Tail, an Independent guild that was one of the most prominent in Earthland. Lucia knew that she was safe from the ghosts of the Haunted Guild here... they had been left back at the guild, but she had a feeling in the back of her mind that they would one day meet again. They probably would meet again, but for now her biggest concern was finding the owner of the camera that had been hanging from her left shoulder for the past several hours. She took the camera off of her shoulder and placed it around her neck now that she was confident that no ghostly hands would grab it and try to strangle her with the strap.
Lucia was not sure where to begin the search for the camera's owner, so she began to examine the camera for any clues like a name, a set of initials, or a Lacrima Identification Code. The blonde searched over the device for any of those things and found a name on the bottom. The name was "Terrence Miller."
Now that she had a name, all Lucia needed to do was find Terrence and return his camera. But first she had to find his house. Maybe one of the locals would be kind enough to help a Guildless mage find the Miller residence.
-Outside the Miller residence, twenty minutes later-
A kind local had pointed Lucia towards the Miller residence and after a bit of a walk found it in a nice middle-class neighborhood. Now she stood outside the door with the camera around her neck and a sense of relief that the job was almost completed. After taking a breath Lucia pressed the doorbell with the index finger of her right hand.
Lucia heard running and a black-haired teenage girl answered the door. She was wearing an orange t-shirt and blue jean shorts and looked at Lucia with brown eyes. The young woman then gave a smile.
"How can I help you, Miss?" The young woman asked Lucia. Lucia took the camera from around her neck and presented it to her.
"I was hired to find a camera that had been dropped in the Haunted Guild. This camera belongs to a Terrence Miller and I'm here to return it." Lucia explained. The young woman smiled again.
"Just one moment, please." The young woman requested. She stepped back, shut the door, and ran back into the house. Lucia waited patiently with camera in hand for her to return, but when the door opened two minutes later she found a tall, lanky, black-haired young man wearing a gray t-shirt and blue jeans with sandals standing at the door.
"Hey Lady. I'm Terrence Miller. My sister Janet told me that you managed to get my camera back from the Haunted Guild!" He said to her. Lucia nodded and gave him the camera.
"I went into the Haunted Guild and got it for you. Aside from minor scuff marks on the bottom, your camera's perfectly fine... as far as I can tell." Lucia replied. He smiled at her.
"I'm glad to get this camera back. It's an old model from roughly forty years ago, long before iLacs were a thing. This camera belonged to my grandpa and I thought that I had lost it for good. I was sure that some adventurer had found the camera and had taken it for themselves." Terrence explained why he was happy to have it back. Lucia could tell that the camera was old, but she did not know that it was almost forty years old. She also did not know that it was a family heirloom of sorts.
"I didn't have a weapon and I'm not a mage, so when that ghost appeared in front of me in that hallway I had no choice but to run for my life. I thought I had lost this camera forever. Thanks to you I have it back!" Terrence said. He reached into his back pocket and produced a bag of Jewels that he gave to Lucia.
"Thanks." Lucia thanked the young man for the payment.
"No problem. You saved me a lot of time and money that would have gone towards a replacement camera." He replied. Now that her job was done, Lucia was ready to go home and look for another job.
"Well, I'd better make sure that my camera didn't take any damage from the drop. Thanks for retrieving my camera for me!" Terrence thanked Lucia for retrieving his camera.
"It's no problem. I'm glad that I could help." Lucia said to him. He waved goodbye and shut the door. Lucia turned around and headed for home. She had a long way to walk to get back to Talonia. Still, she was grateful that she did not have to walk all the way back to Bellum because getting to her home country on foot would have been a grueling ordeal.
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