-Outside Capital Crocus, two hours and seventeen minutes later-
True to his prediction Morgan needed to go by her house and gather her gear for the trip ahead. The short-haired brunette had packed some extra clothes, some food, some water, and a lacrima-powered lantern in case they had to travel at night; all of it was packed inside a pink hiking backpack with a metal travel frame. Leonidas had brought some food, some water, and a flashlight in his simpler backpack, but he was not anticipating traveling at night. He still prepared for the possibility because walking to anywhere in Fiore took some time.
Samantha had walked to the city outskirts with them before turning back, leaving Leonidas and Morgan to begin their trip to Magnolia Town. It was going to take awhile for them to get to their destination, so they had better get going now. Morgan looked at Leonidas.
"Well Leonidas, ready to get going?" The brunette asked the scar-faced mage. Leonidas made eye contact with her.
"I'm ready, Morgan." Leonidas replied calmly. With that the pair took their first step on the path to Magnolia Town. There was a long road ahead of them, but there was plenty of daylight, so the chances of bandit attack should be slim... at least in theory.
-On the road to Era, thirty-three minutes later-
The pair had been going for slightly over half an hour when Morgan finally spoke to Leonidas again. The scar-faced mage had been walking in silence because it was customary for him to do so. He also liked to remain silent so that it would be easier to detect bandits or other unwanted company trying to slip up on him.
"Are you OK, Leonidas? Do you need to stop for a break?" Morgan asked him a couple of questions as they continued down the path.
"I'm fine, Morgan. And I don't need to stop for a break." Leonidas assured the short-haired brunette that he was in good shape and did not need to stop to rest. He was used to traveling long distances on foot, so he could walk for quite some time with needing to stop. Morgan, on the other hand, did not seem to share that ability.
"I'm fine too, Leonidas. I just thought that I'd ask." Morgan said to him before the conversation abruptly ended and both of them faced forward. Silence prevailed for a few moments before Morgan turned to face Leonidas and spoke to him again.
"Thanks for agreeing to escort me to Magnolia Town, Leonidas." Morgan thanked the scar-faced mage for his help.
"It's no problem." Leonidas said to her without hesitation. Morgan's eyes told him that she was not convinced by his words.
"This job's probably a lot more boring than what you normally do. I'm a city girl and I've never been to anywhere exciting. I've lived in Capital Crocus all of my life and I'm not a mage or a fighter, so I don't have much excitement in my life." Morgan started off. Leonidas remained quiet both to let her talk uninterrupted and to more easily listen out for anything that might mean danger.
"I've traveled to Magnolia Town and to Hargeon Town before, but they're tame compared to the places you go. Samantha told me that you've been to Silent Cemetery a few times." Morgan continued.
"Yes, I've been to Silent Cemetery a few times before." Leonidas confirmed what their mutual friend had told her. Morgan seemed surprised to hear that from him.
"I couldn't go there even with a small army of people like you traveling with me, Leonidas. I don't like horror movies and that place sounds like it'd give me the creeps. I mean, it's a cemetery and it's full of tombstones and I'm sure that not all of the occupants stay in their graves." Morgan told him what she imagined Silent Cemetery to be like.
"It's true, Morgan. All the times I've been to Silent Cemetery there were zombies everywhere. They were shambling about almost everywhere I went and they often traveled in groups." Leonidas confirmed what she believed about Silent Cemetery. Morgan was not happy to hear that at all.
"You're a lot braver than I am, Leonidas." Morgan said to him.
"You wouldn't want to go there without a weapon or magic. Believe me on that. Zombies might be really dumb, but they seldom travel alone, so there's a lot of them to deal with. They're also really persistent. Once they see you they'll follow you relentlessly." Leonidas warned the short-haired brunette that even for someone like him Silent Cemetery was dangerous. After that statement the conversation ended and the pair looked forward to focus on the road ahead of them. So far they had not encountered any bandits, but they still had a long way to travel and there was no predicting what waited down the path.
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