The Search begins
Posted on Wed Feb 8th, 2012 @ 7:28am by Snot Rag Laudine Fortescue
Chapter 3: Mypos or Bust
Timeline: Day After Landing
It hadn't taken Laudine very long to get bored of following Nick around. It was nice to be with someone else until she got a good feel for the area, but it was also pretty restricting. For the few moments she was in Mypos, Laudine hadn't been able to get any of her searching done because she had always stuck by Nick's side. It didn't take her long to realize that if she really wanted to get anywhere she would have to relax and start exploring on her own.
So, without warning, she had run off and started looking for someone who knew her mother. Or really, she started looking for someone who looked like they would know her mother, since she didn't know if anyone here knew her at all. It was a lot harder than she had first realized. Laudine didn't even know if her mother had been farther than their hometown before.
The easiest way to find someone, she finally decided, was to just go up to them and start asking at random. So she put on her best male-sounding voice, walked up to the first stranger she saw and asked them, "Have you ever met a woman who looks a bit like me?" That was the question she asked everyone as she moved from person to person. It didn't seem to be a very effective strategy. She mostly seemed to get very confused or annoyed looks from each person she questioned. It was the only strategy she had right now, though, so Laudine stuck with it.
Laudine was too concentrated on her search to notice that there was someone following her. She barely ever looked behind her as she moved from person to person. The young girl also didn't notice herself heading into more unsavory areas of Mypos. Right now, her sights were set on yet another individual not far ahead of her. Running to catch up, she tugged on the man's arm and started to ask her usual question, "Excuse me, have you-"
If she hadn't been so focused on her mission, Laudine would have been ashamed of herself. Growing up with a mother working in a tavern, she had learned the signs of what a drunk looked like and she had always been careful when she noticed them nearby. Her reflexes at avoiding the blows of the few angry drunks she had encountered in her short life had actually gotten pretty good, and after the first few mishaps there were very few that she hadn't been able to avoid and run from.
Those reflexes had completely left her, as well as her ability to recognize a drunk in the street, once she became so absorbed in her search. Laudine hadn't even considered the possibility of running into one, not at this time of the time of the day. There were those exceptions to the rule, though, and one of them had happened to be Laudine's next target. Not being very happy at suddenly being grabbed by a kid, the drunk had of course swung at her. His arm succeeded in making contact, and Laudine felt the breath get knocked out of her as she fell to the ground.
Laudine wished as she got up and watched the drunk stagger away. She decided it would be safe to assume that man wasn't her father. The blow had brought her back to her senses, and it really wouldn't have been a good idea for her to go after a drunk who was just going to hit her again. After making sure her disguise was still in place, Laudine headed back the way she'd come and returned to her task.
The thought of failure was always on her mind as she continued on her way, but Laudine refused to listen to it. She wasn't going to let herself give up before she was absolutely sure that her father wasn't there. That be admitting defeat to easily and too early for Laudine. She'd never expected this to be easy anyway. So she continued to search until the sun started setting, but no one seemed to know what she was talking about and she was forced to return to the ship in defeat.