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Larraine stood by as Rell and Sully spoke to Bold Karasshi and another jinyu who she assumed to be the leader of the village, occasionally looking to where Admiral Taylor was resting. Mishka had come as soon as she could following Rell's communicator call to her, and after a cursory examination assured them all that Taylor would be fine and merely needed to rest for a while. Larraine was still anxious, however, as the longer it would take for him to regain consciousness the longer Anduin would be out in the wilds of Pandaria. She knew he wasn't completely defenseless, but if he were to be ambushed by a group of Horde soldiers he would likely run out of stamina and end up at their mercy... and the Horde weren't exactly known for showing mercy, especially since Garrosh Hellscream took over.
"Please, take my younger brother with you," Karasshi said, gesturing to a shorter, slimmer jinyu nearby. "We may not be friends, but you should not go into unfamiliar territory al
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Fang rested at the foot of the bed Larraine had slept in, his eyes watching her pace the floor as she re-read Anduin's journal probably the hundredth time. She knew he was worried about her, and was secretly thankful he couldn't speak and tell her not to worry the way Bixby and Gardenia had both done before going to spend the night in another room so she could have her space. She'd spent better than half of the night tossing and turning before finally giving up on sleep, and was up before the sun to resume her ceaseless sauntering back and forth across the room.
"If any Alliance soldier finds this, know that I, Prince Anduin Wrynn, am alive," she read out loud to herself, then let out an exasperated sigh.
"You were alive when you wrote this, at least. What about now? If only you'd turned and gone the other way from the wreckage, you'd be here in this village and I wouldn't be worried half to death about you!"
She threw the journal at the wall, causing it t
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Larraine awoke to the sound of quiet humming near her bed and rubbed her eyes as she sat up slightly, causing Fang to stir next to her. Turning her head, she found the same female pandaren from the inn the day before moving about in the small kitchen of the house she, Bixby, and Gardenia had been permitted to rest in for the night.
"Oh!" the pandaren exclaimed when she realized she was being watched. "I am sorry. Did I wake you?"
"It's fine," Larraine assured her with a small smile, stretching her legs out on the bed. Fang jumped down and wandered over to the innkeeper, who gave him a friendly pat on the head and then handed him a fish to eat.
"Are you hungry?" she asked Larraine, picking up another fish from the basket full of ingredients she had next to the stove and placing it into the wide cooking vessel she was using. "I was just preparing breakfast."
"Yeah, food would be great," Larraine muttered, looking about the room for her companions. "Where are the two w
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Larraine remained on her hands and knees for a long time once she finally reached the ground below the Skyfire, her eyes closed. She trembled as she tried to catch her breath and ease the rapid beating of her heart and she blindly grasped at the grass under her hands, digging her nails slightly into the earth below in order to remind herself that she was once more on solid ground.
"I'm sorry, Larraine," Bixby apologized, patting one of her shoulders. "I didn't realize you're afraid of heights."
"It's not heights that bother me, it's falling from them that I don't like," Larraine clarified for her, taking one last deep breath before sitting up and looking to the airship above them. "Why did Gardenia go back up to the ship?"
"She's dropping off her flying machine, and then she's going to take a parachute down to join us."
Larraine nodded and stood up, then held out her hand to Fang. He came over and nuzzled her palm, then she laid her hand on top of his head