"Stella who exactly are we looking for?"
"Not who, what."
"Ok what are we looking for?"
I put my hand over Erista's mouth shushing her. I take out a medium sized bola. I heard the bushes rustling, getting closer to our location. I get down, in a prone position and see feet.
"Ahhhhhhhh!" We heard a man scream. The same fellow was running away from a group of thugs. I looked at Erista. In that moment we separated, I went one way she went the other, catching the thugs attention. We crossed each others paths, swinging bolas. We released them at the same time mine capturing the two chasing after her and hers catching only one that was chasing me. We started after the escapee until we saw him abruptly fall. We jumped back seeing the man we had helped. He had knocked the thug out, not sure how but he did.
"Do we get a thanks?" Erista asked sarcastically.
"Thank you." He said, smiling.
Erista went behind him and put a knife to his throat, not yet piercing the skin.
"Now, what could you have possibly done to get those thugs chasing after you?"
He started laughing. Erista looked at me confused. "Well you see I went to their camp hoping to get back what was stolen." The thugs took something from him.
"Ok what was it you lost?"
In that moment I saw a flash and he was gone. I looked at Erista. She was mad. She never liked losing or the feeling of failure. We walked over to the tied up thugs.
"So who's up for chat?" I asked sarcastically.
Erista added, "Who was he? Why were you chasing him?"
"There is a top bounty on him, you two, of all people should know that." He laughed.
"Erista enough, why should we believe a thug? Help me tie them to a tree, we'll stop by the authorities and tell them what happened." I put on my anima caestu and placed my hand over his torso, taking part of his soul.
Erista and I walked in complete silence. The only thing I could think is that we screwed up. He was the bad guy, not the thugs. Why didn't i know about him? When we got to the station Erista went to explain what happened. I went and looked at the bulletin board, I didn't see him. I put an X across the thug, whose soul i took and continued looking. There was nothing about him in the public files. I heard footsteps behind me and turned around.
"Is there something I can help you look for?"
"Alright I'll let you look then, hey thanks for bagging those thugs. They've been causing problems lately."