Chapter 6: Desperate Times
Timeline: Chapter 6: Ending
Well, it was done. However awkward it had been, however uncomfortable: she'd done it. Her Mother's obsession with safety and security had even helped her these past few days. She'd not taken money from unruly men in case they wanted something in return, she'd not gone down any side streets. But this, now, was something Mother would not even think of forbidding her to do.
Where she came from, the small civilized cluster of cities among the wildness of the Columbus Province, was right on the coast. Yet she'd never seen a skyship, certainly not this close, and what she was about to do now broke every one of her Mother's rules. And she found herself not caring. Oh, she knew what she was doing. She was all too aware of what she was doing. With a smile forced onto her face, she hoisted her shoulder bag higher and marched towards the dock masters office.
There were few ship captains stopping in this port, let alone many wanting to hire and extra person just for the hell of it. But one man got her name and age, and promised her a job if she came back tomorrow ready for sailing. With an extra spring in her step, she returned back through the streets, heading for the tavern. She'd never been in one before she'd started her journey; and now she was here, sitting in the seat she'd claimed as her own for the last few days.
In the little room she'd hired for just one last night, she shook out the contents of her seabag and repacked it. A few spare changes of clothes, a leather pouch with a sewing kit inside, a leather bound journal, sketching pencil and pen, necklace and a folded picture of her family. Anything else of any value had gone to the pawnbrokers. And at last, she was truly ready.
With a small smile, she stretched out on her bed and let herself sleep.