-Haunted Guild, the small library, twenty minutes later-
Diana had made her way back to the small library in the basement and had not encountered any opposition on the way. She briefly wondered how Catherine's friend was doing before deciding that it did not matter. The orange-haired bookworm had made it clear that she was going to stay right where she was and read books. Diana was not going to waste time trying to change the young woman's mind and was going to go back to Capital Crocus to report her findings to Catherine.
Diana had walked across the small library and was about to open the door that led back to the basement hallway when she heard the door behind her open. Diana spun around and pointed her right index and middle fingers at whatever had opened the door and prepared a Spirit Drain Beam spell. She was expecting a fight but instead found the orange-haired young woman standing in the library with all of her gear packed up. The young woman saw what was about to happen and visibly panicked, dropping her gear and raising her hands above her head.
" The young woman pleaded. Diana recognized her and lowered her right hand, canceling the spell before she accidentally fired and hit the young woman.
"I am sorry about that.
" Diana apologized for nearly attacking with a Spirit Drain Beam spell. The latter stood in place for a few moments before finally relaxing once she realized that she was not about to have a beam of pale blue magic fired at her. She then bent down and began collecting her belongings.
"I coulda done a better job of letting you know that I wasn't a poltergeist or a vengeful spirit. Sorry about that.
" The orange-haired bookworm apologized for not making her presence known sooner. Diana did not have any hard feelings. It was a mistake and mistakes could happen to anyone.
"I thought about staying here, but after I saw a book begin floating in front of me and heard whispers from people I couldn't see I decided to pack up and go while I had a chance. I think that seven days in here is enough for one visit.
" The orange-haired bookworm explained why she had changed her mind about staying and reading the books in the big library. Diana had no problem with that. Having the young woman with her would make it easier to assure Catherine that the latter's friend was doing all right and not lying dead in Haunted Guild or missing.
"I will get you safely back to Capital Crocus.
" Diana assured the young woman that she was safe with Diana.
"I didn't introduce myself earlier. The name's Agatha. Agatha Johnson.
" The young woman introduced herself as Agatha. Diana gave a small wave with her right hand.
"Hello Agatha. I am Diana.
" Diana calmly introduced herself again in case the orange-haired young woman missed Diana's first introduction. Agatha smiled back at the blonde.
"OK, Diana. Let's get going back to Capital Crocus. You lead the way.
" Agatha instructed. Diana was happy to oblige.
"Very well then.
" Diana replied. She went through the door to the basement hallway first, then held it open for Agatha and the latter walked through with her belongings either in her hands or on her back.
-Capital Crocus, outside Catherine's house, seven hours and three minutes later-
The pair had made it through the basement hallway without any trouble and had left Haunted Guild with no encounters with the resident ghosts... not that Diana was complaining. Not having to fight ghosts had made her job easier. Once they had left Haunted Guild the hardest part of the job was the return trip to Capital Crocus, which a lengthy trip, especially on foot.
Once they got inside the city they had to make their way through dense foot traffic, but that was a much shorter trip than the walk from Haunted Guild to Capital Crocus. After a walk that was long but uneventful the pair were now standing outside Catherine's house. Since Diana had more energy than Agatha the latter took it upon herself to walk up to the doorbell and ring it while the orange-haired bookworm stood back and recovered from all the walking she had done.
Diana gently rang the doorbell with her right index finger and stepped back from the door. Within moments the door opened and in the doorway stood Catherine, whose long black hair was hanging freely and who was wearing an oversized blue t-shirt and black gym shorts that were barely visible beneath the long shirttail.
"Oh hi Diana! I see that you brought Agatha with you!
" Catherine cheerfully greeted Diana. The raven-haired young woman stepped aside.
"Come on in, guys! You must be tired and hungry! I've got plenty of food and drinks!
" Catherine told the pair that she had food and drink waiting on them. Agatha mustered the energy to walk towards the door and step inside the house, doing so with a slow pace that made her exhaustion plain to see. Diana walked in moments later and when both young women were in Catherine shut the door and locked it behind them.
- Agatha Johnson:
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