-Outside Sombras Manor, midnight-
Wearing his usual outfit of olive green jacket over white t-shirt and olive green cargo pants with black boots, Leonidas had his Silver Falchion in its scabbard on his left hip. With him was Sabrina, who was dressed in her usual pink-and-blue outfit and carrying her staff. Leonidas had no idea where she had gotten the contemporary clothing from, but that was a question for another time. They were standing outside of Sombras Manor, a structure that was imposing because of its design and age.
"What were we here for, Big Guy?" Sabrina asked the scar-faced mage.
"We're here to find a young woman named Agatha Johnson, who's a big fan of books. Her friend Catherine Corvinus hired me to find her and bring her back to Capital Crocus. Catherine hasn't heard from Agatha for almost a week now." Leonidas repeated the rundown of the job he had been given.
"Oh. I wonder why that girl would come all the way out here just for some books. My guess is that she thought she'd find some really old ones worth reading." Sabrina commented. Leonidas shrugged his shoulders.
"That's my guess too." Leonidas seconded the pink-clad blonde's opinion. Sabrina jabbed her staff at the building.
"Well, we'd better get to it, Big Guy. I'll go first and light the way for us." She told him how they would approach the beginning phase of the exploration.
"All right." Leonidas agreed to the idea. He could not see in the dark and he could not see invisible enemies, so letting the other blonde lead the way was not a bad idea. Sabrina led the way to the mansion's front door and when she reached it she paused to let Leonidas catch up. Leonidas held the door open so that Sabrina could go inside and light the way for them.
-Inside Sombras Manor-
The pair stepped into a foyer that was on the small side. The light Sabrina was casting revealed that a red carpet was beneath their feet and they had two choices of path... left or straight ahead. To the left was a hallway that had not been cleaned in quite some time because there were dust bunnies lining the baseboards plus a few sitting in the middle of the hallway. Straight ahead was a hallway that was as dusty as the one to the left and had a few dusty racks of old weaponry on both sides.
"Hey, this kinda looks like your place, Big Guy. It's kinda dark and it's not very clean." Sabrina commented. Leonidas turned his head left and glared at her.
"That's very funny." Leonidas retorted sarcastically in response to the jab at his apartment. Sabrina laughed at him.
"So, which way do we go?" Sabrina asked Leonidas. The scar-faced mage shrugged his shoulders.
"This is my first visit to this place, so I have no idea where the library is." Leonidas replied. Sabrina jabbed diagonally across her body with the staff, pointing towards the left.
"I say we go left." She suggested. Lacking any other ideas, he was going to go for it.
"Works for me." He replied. Sabrina led the way and Leonidas followed at her left side. They began to move down the hallway and soon reached a door on the left side. Sabrina looked at Leonidas.
"I wonder what's in there?" Sabrina asked a rhetorical question. Leonidas did not respond but instead put his left hand on the doorknob, then twisted it and opened the door. Sabrina went inside followed by Leonidas.
-Inside the room-
Sabrina and Leonidas found themselves standing inside what looked to be a small art studio. There were a few unfinished paintings sitting in an open closet in the top left corner of the room and straight ahead of them there was a grimy window facing the outside. A few steps from the closet stood a dusty easel holding an equally dusty canvas with a simple message painted in bright red letters.
"Looks like someone really doesn't want us here." Leonidas sarcastically remarked on the message that had been left for them.
"Well, that's just too bad! We're not leaving without that Agatha chick! I need the money for a shopping trip!" Sabrina retorted. Leonidas looked at her with a questioning look. The pink-clad blonde refused to take the statement back.
"So many people make fun of me for wearing these clothes! I can't help it that they're the only thing I have right now!" Sabrina angrily explained the reasoning for her remark. Leonidas blinked and looked at his partner for a few moments.
"OK..." The scar-faced mage replied since he was at a loss for words. Sabrina suddenly sported a pouting face.
"I thought you'd give me more support than that!" Sabrina criticized him for his lack of sympathy. Leonidas remained quiet for almost a minute.
"Well, Agatha's not here, so we should move on." Leonidas broke the silence. Sabrina folded her arms across her chest.
"Fine. You don't seem to care about my problems at all. You only care about what I can do for you!" She said accusingly. Leonidas sighed.
"You're the one who chose to follow me here, Sabrina. I didn't ask you to come with me." Leonidas pointed out. Sabrina glared at him for several seconds before throwing her hands up in exasperation.
"OK, fine! We'll talk about my clothes later!" Sabrina agreed to put the discussion off until a more convenient time.
"All right then. Let's get going." Leonidas repeated his earlier suggestion.
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