“I see,” said Ecks.
Elanohr had just told him about some other villagers whose children—all daughters—have not returned after making the journey to Tulpex. She had also mentioned some of the men talking about storming over to Tulpex and demanding their neighbors the return of their daughters. Elanohr and the other women affected by the rash of disappearances fear conflict will erupt between Tulpaar and Tulpex. Tulpaar has already strained relations with several other villages and kingdoms including Arcana. Conflict with Tulpex will certainly put a strain on the village itself since most of its goods come from their merchant neighbors. It is now imperative for Ecks to find out who sent the letter. “Elanohr, I will help find your daughter and her friend,” Ecks tells her.
Relief shows on Elanohr’s face. Finally, she gets to hope she has been looking for since Aerith disappeared three days ago. Tears swell in her eyes from joy. “Thank you. Thank you so much,” she sobbed with happiness.
“No problem. How about you go home and get ready. You don’t want your daughter to see you in this state, do you?” Ecks says with a brimming smile.
Elanohr looks at herself and laughs. It is the first time she noticed how shabby looking she has become during the time she spent pacing the street in search of Aerith. Normally, she keeps herself presentable regardless of what she is doing. She thinks about how shocked Aerith would be if she saw her looking like a vagabond. “I guess I should. I must look as sight,” she says.
“You’re not that terrible,” says Ecks with his usual light humor which makes Elanohr laugh. “Go on. Get ready.” Elanohr thanks him again and leaves with a smile on her face. It is a moment later that Willow exits Elyzah’s store and she walks over to Ecks. “So we’re all done playing dress up, eh?”
“Yup, I tried on a few dresses and then some really lewd outfits my sister would kill you for letting me buy them,” Willow shot back coyly.
Ecks shakes his head and they begin walking.
“Anyway, did you find out anything from short stuff in there?” Ecks asked.
“Besides her being a prude,” said Willow. She goes on to tell Ecks about the disappearances plaguing the village over the last two months. Ecks notices how it coincides with what he found out. He tells Willow about Elanohr, and about her daughter Aerith who vanished three days ago along with her friend after they went to Tulpex to sell linens. He suggests that they take Serenity back to Tulpex to get a closer look at the cart Aerith and her friend had. There may be some clues that were overlooked. As they make their way back to Serenity, Willow begins to notice that they were getting strange looks from passersby. One man had stopped pounding on the steel he was shaping and followed them with his eyes. Two women across the street briefly stood stunned before turning their noses up in disgust. Another pair of men ceased their work and gawked. One of them dropped his hammer. Willow started to become uneasy. She wondered if they figured out that she and Ecks are from Arcana. An older woman opened her mouth in shock and disgust and covered her tiny dog’s eyes as they walked by her. Willow leans close to Ecks and says quietly, “Everybody is staring at us.”
Ecks looks up and then around. He sees the eyes of passersby gawking at them. A man in the working at a forge follows them with his eyes, obvious the hammer in his hand smashing the hand of his partner. Paying closer attention, Ecks noticed that the people were staring at them but not at him directly. He takes a look at Willow, turns his head back around and laughs.
“What?” said Willow. “What’re you laughing at?”
“Eh, nothing much, but I think that prude seamstress had a little fun with your clothes,” Ecks says.
Curious of what Ecks meant, Willow stops at a store selling mirrors and looks at herself. She is shocked. Her clothes overall were still the same except her dress is shorter, stopping midway up her thigh and her top exposed even more of her ample bosom. “When the hell did she have time to do this?” Willow exclaimed, grabbing her chest for emphasis. Immediately, she thinks about how her sister Beatrice would react to seeing her dressed like a harlot. She can feel the frozen glare of her sister chilling her to the bone. “Betty’s going to kill me,” she whimpered. Then out of nowhere she lashes out. “Wait until get my hands on that little tramp!” she yells shaking her fist.
“Come on, killer. And you might want to pull down your dress a bit. Your panties are showing in the back,” Ecks said with cynical sarcasm.
Feeling slightly embarrassed, Willow quickly covers her butt with her hands and walks awkwardly, drawing even more looks from the villagers both of disgust and lust. Ecks laughed to himself the whole way.
“Shut up, it’s not funny,” Willow whimpered.
They reach Serenity and Ecks hops on her first. Willow hesitates a little and climbs on the bike carefully. She takes a peek behind herself and winces when she sees her bottom sticking slight from under her skirt. “Aw, my ass is sticking out,” she whines.
“Hey it isn’t that bad,” Ecks said before revving Serenity’s engine.
“Really?” said Willow.
“Yeah, your ass always sticks out,” Ecks said with laugh. Before Willow can retaliate, he revs the engine again and races out of Tulpaar.
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