IC: Mar (Ga-Koro)
Ga-Koro's sunset draped the skies in rose gold and hues of blue, and the streets ran thick with the buzz of everyday monotony.
So of course I wasn't there.
I was sitting somewhere nondescript along the coastline, taking in the quiet and still serenity of the water washing up the coastline. For someone of my disposition these kind of moments were rare indeed, and therefore all the more prized.
My business had been shelved for a moment, though the issue of how to "deal with" Tivanu after his double-cross remained very much a sore point that could not go unattended for long. But for now, it was good to have peace.
But when the peace was interrupted by a squeaky chirp of a cry, I didn't even bother to open my eyes to see what the commotion was, I could tell immediately.
Somewhere not too far away, a little girl was crying her tiny eyes out.
Karv's head had tilted in the direction of the sound, I quelled his expectations with a disarming wave as I stood up.
The sound, digging into my sensitive ears like a banshee's howl had to be stopped, somehow, so I walked in its direction with Karv in dutiful step behind me.
My Akaku showed me the target long before I reached it: A little girl, Ga-Matoran by the looks of it, was sitting on a small rock further up the coastline, her face buried in her hands as her feeble body shook like seaweed in a current.
"You're being too loud"
I startled her, seeing her jump where she sat and turn to look at me, her eyes widening in surprise and at least a little bit of fear.
"You would do right to fear me, little one"
She spoke, her voice was high-pitched and squeaky, just as I'd expected.
"I'm sorry, Mr. Toa. I just couldn't find my friend and I was afraid I was all alone" she said, hanging her head in both shame and youthful sorrow.
OK, not even I am that heartless.
"It's fine" I mumbled, and turned to go back, but of course she had to stop me.
"Wait," she called hurriedly and ran up to me, tugging at my cloak with her little hands to make me stay, Karv issued a threatening growl upon seeing his master be approached in such a way by a stranger, but the girl never heard it.
"I know that mask you have, my grandaddy had one," she said, "can you help me find my friend, please?"
"Don't you have parents or friends who could help you look?"
"Mommy's not with us anymore" the little girl moped, "and Daddy's busy at work, and when he comes home he's always too tired to play"
"I don't have many friends, and they don't play with me very often, usually I just play by myself"
The girl pointed at some nearby bushes to indicate the direction in which her aforementioned "friend" had disappeared.
"So I went out to see if I could find a friend to play with, and that's how I found Fido"
"Fido. Sterotypical pet name, especially for..."
"Fido is a Hapaka?" I asked, she nodded excitedly.
"Yes, yes he is, and he's my best friend but he never listens to me, he just does what he wants. Oh won't you pretty please help me find him?"
I sighed. Alright, if it would shut her up it certainly couldn't hurt. I activated my Akaku, peering through the underbrush and the palms into the horizon, and sure enough I could see a four-legged silhouette crouching through the grass with its thoughts somewhere else entirely.
I produced a resonant whistle, of a pitch only Fido would hear, and his head immediately bolted upright and he darted in our direction.
Not soon after, the Hapaka came rushing through the bushes, looking around to see where the sound came from, before settling on the girl and jumping at her, licking her mask, the girl laughed.
Karv and I watched our fellow pet-owner duo roll around in the sand, as a sharp contrast to our own stern, disciplined partnership, and I felt something tug at the edges of my cheeks, but only a little.
"Thank you so much, Mr. Toa" the girl said to me while still wrestling with the pup. I just nodded and turned on my heel.
I really needed to find a quiet spot.