Vera sighed heavily, her shoulders slumping. "You made us go through all that just to retrieve a sack of coin?" she asked Erin in exasperation. "You know, I could have just robbed some high-born's place and gotten you however much money you wanted, Helling. It would have been safer, if anything."

She turned back to the newcomer, and softened a bit upon seeing his evident excitement. He really was no more than a child, was he?

"I'm Vera," she told him, approaching and placing a hand on Alto's shoulder. "And we should all be getting out of here." Vera nervously glanced toward the Karint camp. When her eyes flicked back to Alto's, she smiled reassuringly. "Are you lost, Alto?" she asked, attempting to guide him away from the unseen camp.

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